Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A black man is accused of abusing his bedridden 400-pound wife and letting her rot in squalor until she died
Hazmat crews found Yolanda Reese-Brooks, 40, on the brink of death and covered in her own waste at her home in Warren, Michigan. Emergency workers in protective gear rushed her to a hospital, where she died six days later. Her husband, Michael Dewayne Brooks, 37, had been her primary caretaker since a 2011 car accident left her immobile, police said. She suffered from a crushed pelvis and ruptured bladder. Brooks was charged with second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult. He told police that he had left his wife in the filthy bed for at least eight days. Reese-Brooks’ four children, who lived in the home where their mother was found, are now staying with a relative. The home was reportedly uninhabitable — no beds or mattresses for the children and a dirty refrigerator filled with only spoiled meat. Reese-Brooks died of morbid obesity and other unspecified injuries. Brooks was released on bond and will appear in court November 15, 2012.