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Woman Leaves Partner To Rot in Own Filth for Week in UES Apartment: DA

By Shaye Weaver | March 22, 2017 4:04pm

UPPER EAST SIDE — A woman left her partner to rot in his own feces, urine, and vomit at their East 63rd Street home for more than a week — only calling 911 when she decided he wasn't acting so "hostile" to her, according to police and prosecutors.

Lynne Roberts, 68, was arrested after 4 p.m. on March 15, after emergency responders found her 67-year-old partner laying on his stomach on the floor of the apartment they shared. The man, whose name has not been released, was barely conscious and covered in filth, according to a criminal complaint. 

He had been there for so long that "severe necrosis" had set in and he had developed an open wound on his chest, face, elbow, and knee, and raw skin around those wounds due to loss of blood flow to those parts of his body, a nurse at the hospital told authorities.

He was also in septic and renal failure, the criminal complaint states.

During Roberts' arraignment on March 16, Assistant District Attorney Danielle Turcotte said the wounds on his chest were so deep that his chest bones were visible, according to the New York Daily News.

He could "live a little longer, but he will not be able to leave the ICU," Turcotte said.

After being brought to the hospital, the victim told police that he had asked Roberts for help but she refused.

Roberts claimed the victim fell because he has vertigo — and said she tried to help him but he refused.

"I tried to get him up but he told me no, that he will do it," she told police, according to the criminal complaint.

"He did call out for me and I gave him water and kisses when he did. I was afraid that if I kept trying to help him, he was going to yell at me. I am afraid of him because he's verbally aggressive with me."

She said she finally called 911 because her partner wasn't "as hostile" that day.

Roberts was charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent/disabled person, a felony, and released without bail.

Her attorney, Adam Felsenstein, told the Daily News that Roberts has medical issues and had recently had a fall of her own.

Roberts is due back in court on May 3.