BLOOMINGTON — A southern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to neglect charges in the starvation death of her 25-year-old disabled daughter six years ago.
Fifty-four-year-old Dorothy Axsom of Bloomington was first charged with murder when she was arrested last year, but prosecutors dropped that charge in court Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.
Monroe County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller tells The Herald-Times that the initial belief of investigators that Axsom intentionally starved her daughter couldn't be proved.
Miller says Casey Axsom was taking a prescription drug for her epilepsy that can result in rapid weight loss.
Authorities say Casey Axsom was bedridden and weighed just 50 pounds when she died in 2006.
A judge sentenced Dorothy Axsom to six years in prison on the felony neglect charge.