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El Cajon mother and son to stand trial in neglect death of disabled son

February 22, 2011 |  4:48 pm

An El Cajon mother and her 27-year-old son were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of an older son who had cerebral palsy and died amid neglect and filth.

Deborah Marlow, 59, and her son Christopher are charged in the death of her son Jeremy, 28. Other charges include neglect of a dependent adult and causing great bodily injury. Deborah Marlow is also charged with misusing state disability payments meant to provide care for Jeremy Marlow.

When officials found him in January, he was living amid garbage, feces and urine and weighed barely 100 pounds. He died five days later.

Trial was set for June 13 in the El Cajon branch of San Diego County Superior Court. The two initially fled to Georgia to avoid arrest, officials said.


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