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Tampa man arrested in elderly neglect death of mother


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A fourth member of a family, for whom an arrest warrant was issued in what authorities called one of the worst cases of elderly neglect ever reported in the Tampa area, is in custody.

According to jail records, Osmond Ignatius Winston was booked Tuesday night into Hillsborough County Jail on one charge of aggravated manslaughter in the death of his mother.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Winston, 45, last week in connection with the death of Mary Winston, who deputies say had been bedridden for three years in her home at 11029 Airview Drive in northwest Tampa.

On June 25, investigators arrested three of the home's occupants - husband Osmond Montgomery Winston, 68, and his daughters Hyacinth Winston, 43, and Belinda Winston, 39.

Mary Winston, 66, had been bedridden with rheumatoid arthritis, but her family neglected to take care of her, detectives said. The neglect was so bad, investigators said, that when she eventually died eight months ago, her death was ruled a homicide.

Mary Winston had developed ulcers on her body and a bedsore on her back so severe that it became an open wound, exposing her rib bones to open air, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said.

Winston is being held on $25,000 bond, according to jail records.

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