Carer charged with manslaughter following death of disabled woman Ann Marie ...

A carer has been arrested and charged with manslaughter following the tragic death of a disabled woman who was neglected for a year prior to her death.

Ann Marie Smith, who had cerebral palsy, died in the Royal Hospital, Adelaide, on April 6 from septic shock, multiple organ failure, severe pressure sores and malnourishment. 

On Thursday, 69-year-old Rosemary Maione was arrested at her Hectorville home and charged with manslaughter.

She is expected to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court later on Thursday.  

Maione was employed by provider Integrity Care until May 18, days after a police investigation into Ms Smith's death was launched. 

On Thursday, 69-year-old Rosemary Maione was arrested at her Hectorville home and charged with manslaughter

On Thursday, 69-year-old Rosemary Maione was arrested at her Hectorville home and charged with manslaughter

Ann Marie Smith, who had cerebral palsy, died in the Royal Hospital, Adelaide, on April 6 from septic shock, multiple organ failure, severe pressure sores and malnourishment

Ann Marie Smith, who had cerebral palsy, died in the Royal Hospital, Adelaide, on April 6 from septic shock, multiple organ failure, severe pressure sores and malnourishment 

The 54-year-old Ms Smith lived alone in her Adelaide home and relied on carers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme to care for her. 

Maione had been employed as Ms Smith's primary carer for seven years, The Advertiser reported.

It is alleged that she didn't hold a disability services employment clearance - which is required under South Australian legislation - The Advertiser reported.

She was paid under the National Disability Insurance Scheme to feed, bathe and care for Ms Smith for six hours a day, seven days a week.  

Ms Smith allegedly spent the year leading up to her death in her chair, rotting away in horrific living conditions in the living room of her home.

The chair she was sat on, and the carpet underneath, was soaked with urine and faeces. When the carpet was eventually removed, even the concrete slab beneath was stained.   

Police allege Maione was Ms Smith's only regular visitor, but her son and his wife could have also helped with her care despite having no professional experience in the industry, the publication reported. 

Maione called an ambulance to Ms Smith's Kensington Park home on April 5 after she found her in a semi-conscious state.

On Thursday, 69-year-old Rosa Maione was arrested at her Hectorville home and charged with manslaughter. She is expected to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court later on Thursday. Pictured: Covering her face

On Thursday, 69-year-old Rosa Maione was arrested at her Hectorville home and charged with manslaughter. She is expected to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court later on Thursday. Pictured: Covering her face

The 54-year-old lived alone in her Adelaide home and relied on carers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The 54-year-old lived alone in her Adelaide home and relied on carers under the National

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