Prosecutors: Ind. Woman Left Decomposing In Chair

Published February 5, 2012 3:09AM (EST)

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) — A southeastern Indiana woman has been charged after prosecutors say she left her morbidly obese sister alive and decomposing in a chair for three weeks.

A grand jury in Dearborn County near the Ohio state line indicted 58-year-old Vickie Holdcraft Friday on charges of reckless homicide, neglect and perjury. A warrant was issued for her arrest and police were still seeking her Saturday.

Prosecutors say 61-year-old Priscilla Frieberger died in October after spending the last three weeks of her life decomposing in a brown cloth recliner in the Lawrenceburg home she shared with Holdcraft. Prosecutor Aaron Negangard says Frieberger's skin was stuck to the chair and her body had started decomposing before her sister called 911 on Oct. 2.

Frieberger later died of pneumonia and a blood infection.

By Salon Staff

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