SALEM, Mass. — A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to allowing her 65-year-old brother to live in what police described as “horrifying” conditions.

The Eagle-Tribune reports that 59-year-old Alexandra Cataldo was sentenced Wednesday to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to permitting abuse or neglect of an elderly person. She was also barred from acting as a caregiver.

Police say Cataldo’s brother, Leonard Cataldo, was found in their Haverhill apartment covered in human waste. They say he weighed less than 80 pounds, and nurses had to cut off his insect-infested hair.

Another brother, Mark Cataldo, was also charged and is due in court Nov. 9.

Alexandra and Mark Cataldo said through attorneys that they wanted to help their brother, but he repeatedly refused it.

Leonard Cataldo is now in a nursing home.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com

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