Judge, horrified by photos of neglect, revokes bond - FOX 13 News

Judge, horrified by photos of neglect, revokes bond

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Two sisters accused of neglecting their bedridden mother to the point she died went to court Thursday to ask a judge to reduce their bond.

Not only did the judge say no, he went a step further.

Belinda and Hyacinth Winston are accused of elder abuse. They were caretakers for their mother Mary Winston, who died in last October.

Investigators say her bones could be seen through open sores and insect were crawling in and out of her body.

The sisters were each being held on $100,000 bond, along with their father, Osmond Montgomery Winston.

All three pleaded not guilty earlier this week.

The lawyer for the sisters asked a judge to reduce their bond. But when the state showed pictures of their mother to the judge, he called them the most horrific photographs he has ever seen in his life.

"I don't know how a person would view an animal in that type of condition, much less a human being, much less their own mother," Judge Chet Tharpe said.

The judge was so sickened, he revoked their bonds, so they will stay in jail until their trial.

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