Crime

Spanaway caregiver charged with second-degree murder

Philip “George” Carter died of neglect.

The 59-year-old man had autism and needed daily assistance. His family placed him with a licensed group home in Spanaway eight years ago.

In 2013, the business lost its license and the new owner, Larry Lee, failed in his attempts to obtain a new one.

Carter was the only patient in Lee’s home. He received $850 each month to care for the man, records show.

On May 15, Carter was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup with large, deep bed sores that had become infected.

Hospital employees called the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department because “staff told officers it was the worst case of neglect some of them had ever seen,” according to court documents.

On Tuesday, prosecutors charged Lee, 50, with second-degree murder.

Lee allegedly told detectives he’d noticed Carter’s sores the week before but was treating them with gauze and Neosporin.

Hospital staff told detectives the infected sores appeared to have been treated only by shoving paper towels in them.

The Medical Examiner’s Office lists Carter’s cause of death as sepsis, an infection that spreads to the whole body.

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