A woman whose mother was found dead ‘head to toe in faeces’ has been found guilty of neglect.
Didcot solicitor Emma-Jane Kurtz, who specialised in advising the elderly, was convicted of wilful neglect at Oxford Crown Court last week following a two week trial.
Her mum, Cecily, was found emaciated and slumped in their Blackwater Way living room in July 2014.
The incontinent 79-year-old, who had depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, was found wearing the same clothes as a decade ago with matted dreadlocks and urine burns.
The alarm was raised when medical crews, who visited Kurtz’s home after Mrs Kurtz died on the sofa, became concerned about the condition of the property and of Mrs Kurtz, prompting officers to launch an investigation.
But in court nearly four years later, 41-year-old Kurtz claimed her mum was ‘the most important person’ in her life and she would never have intentionally neglected her.
She added she failed to help because her mum pleaded with her not to.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Francesca Griffin, of Force CID based at Abingdon Police Station, said: “Mrs Kurtz, who lived with her husband and daughter Emma-Jane, was found on a sofa and she had been slumped over with her chin on her knees for five days.
“She had become incontinent and was covered from head to toe in faeces, had not changed her clothing for a decade and had urine burns. Her long hair had become matted into dreadlocks.
“Emma-Jane Kurtz said she had gone in to the room with her mother in three or four times a day.
“There had been many opportunities over months and years to help her and remove her from that situation.”
Kurtz, who also cares for her father who has ‘extensive health needs’, was charged in connection with the offence in April last year.
She is due to be sentenced at the same court on Friday, April 27 and was granted unconditional bail.