TAMPA — Bail has been set at $100,000 each for a Hillsborough County man and his two daughters, who are accused of neglecting a bedridden family member until bed sores spread across her body and she died.
Osmond Winston, 67, and daughters Hyacinth Winston, 43, and Belinda Winston, 39, made their first appearances Thursday in Hillsborough Circuit Court before Judge Walter Heinrich. The three remained in jail Thursday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested the Winstons on charges of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly or disabled person in the October death of Mary Winston, 65, wife to Osmond and mother to Hyacinth and Belinda. Authorities are seeking Mary Winston's third adult child, Osmond Ignatius Winston, 45, on the same charge. He still had not been found Thursday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Mary Winston had severe rheumatoid arthritis and was unable to leave her home, depending on her family for care, authorities said.
Detectives asserted that when they examined her after her death, her bedsores were infected with maggots and one sore had worn through her flesh to expose a rib.
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