Wednesday 17 January 2018

Disabled woman 'starved to death' after mother died

A woman who died leaving her disabled daughter to apparently starve to death had refused the help of social workers, a council said today.

The woman, named locally as 56-year-old Stephanie Wolf, is understood to have died several weeks ago.

But her 29-year-old daughter, who was reportedly paralysed from the neck down, was unable to care for herself.

She was found alongside her mother at the home they shared in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, on Saturday. Their bodies were partially decomposed.

Today, Hertfordshire County Council said it was looking into the case.

A spokeswoman said: "The situation at the moment is that they were known to adult care services but they refused the offer of our services."

A source at the council said social services still had a duty to care for families who needed help, even if they refused it.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said today that initial post- mortem examination results showed neither woman had suffered external injuries.

There were no suspicious circumstances, she added.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said the authority carried out an assessment of Ms Wolf's home in August 1998.

As a result, a number of ramps and rails were fitted to help her daughter. Further offers of support were also made but these were refused.

Then, in March 2006, the council offered Ms Wolf the chance for her daughter to attend a day care centre but this was also refused.

That was the last time the council was in contact with Ms Wolf and her daughter.

The council is now reviewing its dealings with the family, the spokesman added.

Press Association

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