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Martinez mother, daughter indicted in elderly woman's death

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A Columbia County grand jury indicted a Martinez woman and her daughter of murder and cruelty in the death of an 85-year-old woman in their care.

The jury indicted Deborah Yvonne Hill, 48, and daughter Brittany Michelle Hurst, 19, on charges of murder and cruelty to persons 65 years and older, according to court documents released Friday.

They are charged in the death of 85-year-old Blanche Aline Carpenter, a friend of Hill’s grandmother. Hill and Hurst were acting as Car­penter’s caregivers at their Locks Hill home when they reported her death to police Aug. 25.

According to authorities, Car­penter had been dead about two days. An autopsy revealed she died from medical complications of neglect.

Both women initially claimed Carpenter had been responsive earlier in the day in the bedroom she shared with Hill’s grandmother. Hurst later told police she knew of Carpenter’s demise, and she was covered with a plastic sheet that police found in a garbage can, according to investigators.

Hill also faces three counts of cruelty to children and two counts of misdemeanor failure to educate. Authorities say her children, ages 16, 11, and 9, lived in unsanitary conditions and that two had not been sent to school.

The oldest child is with his father. The two others are in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.

Hill’s grandmother and her disabled husband, who is under the supervision of Adult Protective Services, are in assisted living facilities.

Hill and Hurst are being held in the Colum­bia County Detention Center.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/18/11 - 09:16 pm
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It's really a shame that this

It's really a shame that this child was drug into this mess by her mother.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 11/18/11 - 11:15 pm
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Willow - my thoughts exactly

Willow - my thoughts exactly - a crying shame!

Bing0
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Bing0 11/19/11 - 05:30 am
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"Drug into this mess?" That

"Drug into this mess?" That statement while I understand it, seems a little bit weird somehow.
The mother was the whole mess! This is horrible. I knew a cable guy who told me that he had been in homes where the filth and smell was so bad that he couldn't believe it. He said that the odds went way up for an encounter like this in certain areas of Augusta. Situations like this just don't compute for me.
I find myself in some sort of weird denial when I think about trying to put myself in the place of the person responsible and trying to find compassion for them. There but by the Grace of God go I...

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Willow Bailey 11/19/11 - 11:22 am
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How's it weird, Bing0? The

How's it weird, Bing0? The mother led her child into inhumane and criminal behaviors by modelling such and including her daughter in the process.

Bing0
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Bing0 11/19/11 - 05:36 pm
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I only meant that it didn't

I only meant that it didn't quite fit somehow. The mess was all encompassing. They weren't really drug into a mess. They were born into an unbelievable miserable life. The death of this senior, if that is what you meant by mess, will probably turn out to be their saving grace. I don't understand how this could have gone on for so long without anyone saying something to the Authorities either.

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