Woman gets probation in boyfriend's death by neglect

AP News
Posted: Aug 01, 2015 9:45 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to five years of probation for fatally neglecting her boyfriend, who died several months after being taken to the hospital with bedsores, mold in his catheter and bug bites.

Multiple media outlets report Crystal Perdue, of Rock Hill, pleaded guilty Friday to neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death.

Perdue cried as she told the judge she loved Jonathan Earle but failed him. Earle had multiple health problems, including multiple sclerosis and diabetes. He died on his 41st birthday in September 2012.

Investigators say Perdue accepted the responsibility for Earle's care, but when detectives went to their home, they had to wade through knee-deep trash.

Perdue's attorney said she suffered from depression. The mother of two faced up to 30 years in prison. Rock Hill is about 27 miles south of Charlotte.