source: Cornwall Live
published: 4 November 2017
The parents from Cornwall of a woman who starved to death have called on the mental health organisation meant to be looking after her to be charged and prosecuted.
Ruth Mitchell, 40, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was found dead by police officers at her home in 2012 after a neighbour raised concern. When she died Ruth weighed just 7st 8oz and she was discovered on bare boards, starved to death, with only the clothes on her back.
She had been without hot water and heating for four years and was last seen by a mental health professional eight months before. There was no flooring or furniture in her flat apart from a small kitchen table and a kitchen chair, no food and no cooker.
Her parents Russell, 69, and Anne, 68, of Saltash, have been battling for answers ever since and have welcomed a report reviewing the case that found there were failings in Ruth’s care.
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