Woman, 96, is killed by BED BUGS: Caretaker charged with manslaughter after elderly resident dies during parasite infestation

An elderly woman died from bed bugs after an infestation of the parasites occurred at her caretaker’s home, who is now facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and neglect of care.

Mary Stoner, 96, was rushed to an emergency room two days after she was moved out of caretaker Deborah Butler’s home in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in February 2016.

Doctors found that Stoner had sores and an infection from bug bites and when she died days later, the autopsy determined it was from ‘complications of sepsis following a bed bug infestation’.

West Manheim Township Police searched the home of Butler, 72, and they found a massive infestation of the vermin, as they crawled on walls, in sheets and on pillows, leading to a felony charge filed against Butler on Friday.


Mary Stoner, 96, died last February from complications from bed bug bites after she was in the care of Deborah Butler, 72, in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Police found an infestation of the vermin at the Baltimore Pike residence (pictured) and Butler was charged on Friday

Butler faces the first-degree felony charge of neglect of care and involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor, reports the Evening Sun.

Stoner died on February 22 at York Hospital,  just two weeks after her family removed her from the care of Butler after they noticed a rapid decline in her health.

Although Butler said she didn’t notice any change in Stoner’s conditions, police said ‘the victim’s condition would have been clearly visible and obvious that serious medical attention was required.’

When officials entered the residence on Baltimore Pike they immediately noticed the bed bugs, which were on the walls, sheets, pillows, in a massive infestation.

West Manheim Township Police found bed bugs (stock photo above) on walls, in sheets and on pillows. Another woman in the care of Butler said she could ‘feel them crawling’ on her

Another of Butler’s patients who was blind said she could ‘feel them crawling’ across her body and biting her.

Butler had been caring for the women out of her personal home after her licensed home care facility, Luckenbaugh Personal Care Home, was closed.

The Evening Sun reports that the previous facility had no violations with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.


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