Pa. woman gets prison in abandoned mother's death

LANCASTER, Pa. - October 14, 2013

The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era reports 67-year-old Janice Harmes was sentenced Thursday by a Lancaster County judge, after pleading no contest to a charge of third-degree murder.

Authorities say Harmes took Janet Bastendorf's cellphone - her mother's only link to the outside world - then left the woman alone without food or water for 10 days before she died on Jan. 6 of an infection.

Harmes tells the judge that she and her mother "had an understanding" that the woman wanted to die at home, not in a hospital. But the judge rejected that explanation calling it "inexcusable and reprehensible."


Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era ,

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