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Man Charged With Abuse for Letting Obese Wife Die in Filth

Michael Brooks, 37, of Michigan is facing a charge of second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult for allegedly letting his injured, 400-pound wife die surrounded by maggots and waste. Yolanda Reese-Brooks, 40, had been bedridden after suffering a crushed pelvis and ruptured bladder as a result of a 2011 auto accident. Since the collision, her husband served as her primary caretaker, but, police say, had neglected Reese-Brooks for eight or nine days prior to her death.

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