More NZ elder abuse: Woman jailed for 12 years for letting mother starve to death

by Amelia Wade, New Zealand Herald, 28 November 2016

Ms Wade reports that “A daughter who let her elderly mother starve to death has been sent to prison for 12 years for her manslaughter.”

Ena Lai Dung, 76, was discovered in bed on a tarpaulin, lying in her own excrement, naked from the waist down, surrounded by flies, at a South Auckland address where she was a boarder, when emergency services were called on January 16 last year.

She weighed just 29kg when she died.

Her daughter, Cindy Melissa Taylor, 43, was today sentenced in the High Court at Auckland after being found guilty of manslaughter and two charges of dishonestly using a document by a jury in August.

She denied failing to provide her mother with the necessary care to keep her alive.

Justice Edwin Wylie today said it was difficult to imagine death in worse or more degrading circumstances.

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