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STARVED TO DEATH
Couple sentenced in disabled son's starvation death; father gambled with Social Security money
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:33 AM EDT
A Lexington couple has been sentenced for abuse and neglect in the death of their disabled adult son from starvation and dehydration.
The two recently pleaded guilty to various charges related to the death of 24-year-old Gerald Lee Lakes last year.
Among other things, investigators said Jerry Lakes gambled with thousands of dollars in Social Security payments that were meant to support Gerald Lakes and the couple's other children. Two other adult sons were unwashed, malnourished, and weighted less than 100 pounds, but a daughter appeared to be well cared for.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com