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Bond Lowered for Elderly Mother Charged in Son's Death

(Michigan City, IN) - A Michigan City woman accused of causing the death of her handicapped adult son has been shown some leniency.


71-year-old Mary Wilke had been incarcerated in LaPorte County Jail since the first of March. She is accused of neglecting a dependent resulting in death.


In January her bed-ridden adult son was brought to Franciscan Hospital covered in bed sores and feces. Reports indicate he lingered in the hospital for weeks before succumbing to his ailments.


On Thursday Superior Court I Judge Jaime Oss agreed to allow Wilke’s release from jail for 10% of her $100,000 bond. Wilke’s June jury trial was also cancelled in lieu of an omnibus hearing in May.


Wilke faces 20-40 years in prison for the Level I charge of neglect.

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