Wisconsin mother, son leave fallen relative to die

By the Associated Press | September 7, 2011 | 12:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman and her son are accused of abandoning their 70-year-old relative after she fell to the floor, and authorities say the pair went out for pizza rather than administer aid. The relative died two days later.

Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against the victim's 71-year-old sister, Veronica King of Madison, and 45-year-old nephew, Steven King of Evansville. The charges include first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse.

The criminal complaint says Mary Coleman fell at Veronica King's home in May 2009. Steven King told investigators his aunt was talking, but he "told her quite frankly to shut up."

A Wisconsin State Journal report (http://bit.ly/oyMoR3 ) says after Coleman died, the Kings allegedly stashed her body in the garage.

Online court records didn't list defense attorneys for either defendant Wednesday.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj