Michigan Man Faces Abuse Charges After Death Of 400-Pound Wife

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran

(CBS) WARREN, Mich.- A Michigan man facing abuse charged after the death of his 400-pound wife,was arraigned via video Thursday , CBS Detroit reports.

Michael Brooks is accused of ignoring his Yolanda Reese-Brooks, 40, who died of morbid obesity and other injuries last week. Authorities say he allowed her to die in a bed surrounded by maggots and her own waste. He is being charged with second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult.

According to the prosecutor's office, Brooks became his wife's primary caretaker after she sustained a crushed pelvis and ruptured her bladder in a 2011 car accident.

Emergency crews had to knock down a wall to extract Reese-Brooks from her apartment after she died.

A $10,000 personal bond has been set for Brooks, who can stay with relatives but is not allowed to have any contact with his children.

Brooks' sister was present in the courtroom on Thursday, "I love him and no matter what we're gonna support him," she said.

Brooks will be back in court in two weeks for preliminary examination before Judge John Chmura.


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