The body of a 98-year-old woman was found inside the filthy bathroom of a condemned home.
Court documents say Yuta Hagio had been lying in the same spot on the bathroom floor for two weeks prior to her death from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Police say further investigation revealed that Yuta had been the victim of severe abuse at the hands of her own daughter. They allege Yuta had not eaten solid food in three weeks, taken a shower or bath in two months, and had been wearing the same shirt for a month.
Colorado Springs police first responded to the home in the 2400 block of Flintridge Drive on Jan. 13. After building a case against the daughter, Jeanne Hagio, they arrested her Wednesday. Jeanne, 66, was charged with crimes against at-risk adults and crimes against at-risk adults (caretaker neglect).
According to the affidavit, police found the home unlivable when they first went through it in January.
"The house had trash piled up about three to four feet high. The home had feces from rats/mice, dogs and cats throughout the home. ... Based off later statements from the daughter, it appeared to me that Ms. [Yuta] Hagio had been living on the bathroom floor for an unknown amount of time. -Excerpt from the affidavit
The affidavit goes on to say that Jeanne told authorities her mother's health had declined over the previous three weeks, but admitted Yuta had not seen a doctor in seven years, nor was she on medication.
She [Jeanne] said her mother was not eating...three weeks prior to her death. She stated her mother was only drinking about two cans of 7 Up a day (various amounts of cans had been located on the floor next to Ms. [Yuta] Hagio's body). -Excerpt from affidavit
Jeanne stated the shirt we found her mother in had been on her for the past month at least. She also stated her mother did not receive a bath or shower in the last two months. Jeanne believes the standard of care she provided her mother to be acceptable and saw nothing wrong with the lack of care she provided for her mother. -Excerpt from the affidavit
According to the affidavit, Jeanne had been her mother's caretaker for 20 years. She told authorities that she had a college degree, plus some additional education.
The Pikes Peak Humane Society also responded to the scene in January and retrieved animals living inside to check for possible abuse.