Wisconsin mother who admitted she couldn't remember when she last fed or cleaned her severely disabled 13-year-old daughter has been charged with child neglect in the teen's death.
Outagamie County District Attorney Melinda Tempelis said in court Monday that Brianna Gussert, who was unable to walk, talk or care for herself, suffered a "slow death."
"This poor child struggled and suffered immensely because her mom did not check on her at all," Tempelis said.
The police officer who discovered Brianna's body during a welfare check May 29, 2017, said her bedroom smelled like "rotten food, human waste and death," according to a criminal complaint. The Outagamie County Coroner's Office estimates Brianna had died May 24.
An autopsy indicates the primary cause of her death was sepsis, a blood infection. The criminal complaint says the skin under Brianna's diaper had already started to decompose when her body was found.