Lauderdale County Woman Charged in Sister-In-Law’s Abuse


Maria Springer

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KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) - A Lauderdale County woman is behind bars and charged with the abuse and neglect of a family member.

Investigators with One Place of the Shoals, a division of the Lauderdale County District Attorney's Office, give a chilling description of Maria Springer leaving her sister-in-law in the floor after a fall for several weeks without medical attention.

Maria Springer was escorted to the Lauderdale County Detention Center Thursday morning after being charged with abuse and neglect of an elder.

The two lived in a duplex apartment on Lakeshore Court in Killen.

Investigator Richard Richey said Pamela Springer, 57, laid in the floor for nearly four weeks covered in human waste and bugs.

“The sores on her are just unbelievable,” stated Richey. “I have never seen anybody in that bad of shape.”

After two weeks in ECM Hospital, Richey said Pamela Springer died Wednesday night.

Richey described the open bed sores on Springer as horrific, and can’t understand why medical assistance wasn’t asked for sooner.

“To think that somebody would have to lay in the floor like that for three or four weeks, unable to get up and move, and use the restroom on yourself and then have those type sores,” explained Richey, “you know they would have to be painful.”

Investigator Richey added Maria Springer never reached out to the family of Pamela Springer for assistance.

Maria Springer is being held on a $5,000 bail at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

Pamela Springer’s body has been transported to the state forensics office in Huntsville for autopsy to determine the cause of death.