Anne's Story

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Anne is a 78-year-old woman with mental retardation, who lived her whole life in the same house. Before her mother’s death, Anne’s brother promised their mother that he would not place Anne in an institution.
For almost 30 years, she never left the house. APS responded to a referral and found her locked in her bedroom.
She was lying naked in a fetal position on the bedroom floor and weighed only 67 pounds. She was being fed a diet of crackers and yogurt. There was a badly soiled mattress on the floor, without sheets or blankets. The bedroom did not have toilet facilities.
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Of the 12 words she could speak, the three she said the most were
“I hate you.”
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