Woman charged in mother's death

By Beau Ebenezer

Woman charged in mother's death

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- A local woman is accused of killing her mother after the woman's body was found decaying in their apartment.

Last July, the Coroner's office was called to 113 Argo Street in Washington, where they found 66-year-old Carole Levin's body.

Tazewell County court records show that Levin's body weighed only 52 pounds and was matted to the bed in feces.

Investigators said her body was covered in bed sores and insects.

Thursday, Carole Levin's daughter, 42-year-old Jennifer Levin was charged with three counts of criminal neglect of an elderly person.

Court records said Jennifer Levin was supposedly caring for her mother several months before she died.

Former neighbors of Levin are in shock following Thursday's arrest.

Many residents can not believe this woman may have suffered and died because of neglect right on their street.

They said they wish they would have known, so they could have helped save the woman's life.

The person who now lives at Jennifer Levin's former apartment said he knew her from work.

He said he found it odd the door had a lock on the outside.

Others who live on Argo Street are shocked by the latest news.

"You watch movies and you see these sort of gruesome things," said neighbor, Damar Holloway. "You always think it is just television and that there are not actually people out here leaving people to rot."

"You don't know what's going on around you. It could be an elderly lady or a child," said neighbor, Nicole Snyder. "We have a little one ourselves, so it is really surprising. There was nothing we could have done. There was no way of reaching out to the elderly lady."

An autopsy determined Levin died of dehydration and starvation.

Court records, however, said Jennifer Levin denied starving her mother.

Levin said her mother suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

She said her mom refused to eat because of her declining health.

Jennifer Levin remains in jail at the Tazewell County Justice Center under a $50,000 bond.

She is scheduled to appear in court on April 3rd.

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