Brothers charged after mother starved to death, police say

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Two brothers in Michigan have been charged, accused of allowing their mother to die from neglect.

Grant and Gabriel Balogh appeared in court last week, charged with felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult, WDIV reported.

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One of the brothers took their mother, Vickie Balogh, to a local hospital in October. He claimed that she had stopped breathing, but doctors said that she had been dead for several hours, WDIV reported.

Hospital staff alerted police, who said they were shocked to see how emaciated the mother was. She also had sores on her skin and was filthy.

Vickie Balogh had a condition called ataxia, where patients lose control of their body movements and need around-the-clock care.

Her official cause of death was listed as cachexia, or wasting disease, Michigan Live reported.

Police said her sons, Grant and Gabriel, did not care for their mother, allowing her to die.

The men are both being held on $200,000 bail.