A Florida woman is facing manslaughter charges in the starvation death of her own mother.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kim Zaheer, 64, on a warrant for aggravated manslaughter of an elderly disabled adult.
The investigation and arrest took more than two years.
In December of 2018, investigators said Zaheer called 911 for an ambulance because her mother wasn’t breathing. Deputies and paramedics arrived to her home where they found Frances King, 85, dead. Deputies noted King had not eaten for some time, appeared malnourished, and that the living conditions in her bedroom were “extremely bad.” Deputies also said the smell of urine and feces was unbearable.
The medical examiner said King died of severe emaciation and emphysematous cystitis due to elder abuse, neglect, and starvation. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.
The sheriff’s office said it took time to establish the victim’s diminished mental capacity and to determine who was responsible for her care. A cold case detective took on the case last year and he determined Zaheer was the primary care surrogate for King at the time of her death.
The sheriff’s office said King had not been to a primary care doctor since November 2017, 13 months before her death.
Zaheer is being held on a $500,000 bond at the Flagler County Jail.