Spartanburg coroner: Neglected 104-year-old dies; son charged

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A 104-year-old woman who was hospitalized after being found in her own waste with open wounds more than a week ago has died, according to the coroner.

Spartanburg County Coroner investigator Teri Carter said Demetra Leventis died Thursday evening at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Her son, 61-year-old George Leventis, was charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult after his mother was found sitting in her own waste on Dec. 4.

Police went to the home on Hillbrook Drive after a home health nurse said she found Leventis with open wounds on her body containing what the nurse believed to be maggots.  The nurse said it was her first visit to the home.

George Leventis denied abusing or neglecting his mother and said that he loved her and had been taking care of her since 1983.

Leventis was since released on bond.

Spartanburg Public Safety Capt. Regina Nowak said Friday the charge in this case will likely be upgraded, but it won't happen until after the autopsy is completed.

It will be up to the solicitor's office to determine what charge is appropriate.

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