Elder abuse murder lands mother & daughter in jail

Published: Aug. 30, 2011 at 4:15 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2011 at 5:26 PM EDT
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MARTINEZ (WALB) - A mother and daughter with ties to Albany are in jail near Augusta charged with murdering a relative in an elder abuse case.

Columbia County investigators Friday arrested 48-year-old Deborah Hill and 18-year-old Brittany Hurst .

Deputies found their aunt, 85-year-old Blanche Carpenter, dead last week inside a home in Martinez.

Investigators say the mother and daughter moved to Martinez from Albany to take care of Carpenter.

An autopsy reveled she died of neglect, and detectives tell us she was living in deplorable conditions and suffered from bed sores.

They believe she may have been dead for some time.

Additional charges are pending against Hill and Hurst.

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