CBS2.com: Justine Rosales and Jasmine Rosales have each been charged with a felony count of elder or dependent adult abuse resulting in death in connection with the 2007 death of their 43-year-old diabetic mother, with whom they lived in Covina.
The sisters were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of these charges.
Justine Rosales and Jasmine Rosales were responsible for providing care for their mother, Naomi Mendez at the time of her death, said Sgt. Trevor Gaumer of the Covina Police Department.
Mendez was a diabetic who required daily insulin injections and also suffered from several other medical issues.
Mendez had a limited ability to speak and required a walker to move around.
She required the assistance of her daughters with bathing, using the bathroom and eating, Gaumer said.
The investigation began on Feb. 27, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. when Covina police were dispatched with county fire personnel to a call of a dead body inside a home on the 1300 block of N. Edenfield Avenue in Covina, Gaumer said.
Mendez's body was found naked in a room littered with urine and feces.
There were no obvious signs of physical abuse, but her body weighed 78 pounds.
Justine Rosales was the last person to see the victim alive the day before.
She called her older sister, Erica Espinosa, 25, who lived in Montebello.
Erica arrived and called 911.
Justine Rosales apparently made no effort to seek help for her mother, Gaumer said.
An autopsy found that Mendez had died as a result of neglect by her caretakers and ruled the death a homicide.
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