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Elder abuse death allegation lands daughter in jail

Elder abuse death allegation lands daughter in jail

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- A Port Orchard woman is facing a murder charge for allegedly neglecting her own father and leaving the 96-year-old in filth until he died.

The 96-year-old victim had been dead several days before the woman reported it. Investigators say the trash that's built up outside the Port Orchard home is nothing compared to the piles of garbage and feces in which Harlan Haynes spent his final years. He was found wearing only a shirt and a soaked adult diaper.

His daughter, Renee Nash, lived with him and was his sole caregiver. She's now accused of second degree murder. Investigators believe her father had been dead for at least two days before she reported it March 12.

"For seasoned homicide investigators like our detectives to label this situation as one of the grossest scenes they'd ever seen without an actual physical wound being caused by a weapon is pretty significant," said deputy Scott Wilson of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Offic

When first responders arrived at the home they said they could only go in for just a few minutes.  The stench was so bad inside they had to come back out. They returned Wednesday wearing protective gear because of the deplorable conditions inside.

There were a dozen cats and a dog inside. It's believed Haynes wasn't able to leave his room for the last several months.

"Trash and quite frankly a really gross situation with more than two feet worth of human feces, animal feces, disposable diapers that had been soiled," Wilson said.

Court documents say Nash was paid $1,200 a month for his care. But detectives say she admits she fed her father little, bathed him only occassionally and hadn't sought medical attention for him for a couple of years.  Her attorney said the situation just got too overwhelming for her.

"The facts as stated in the probable cause are horrendous, absolutely horrendous," said Kitsap County District Court Judge James Riehl.

Nash's son and two cousins were in the courtroom, but declined comment.  Because of the serious nature of the alleged crime the judge ordered Nash held on $500,000 bail.

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