Man arrested after 400 pound wife dies

Yolanda Reese-Brooks 
By: Anika Rao 

A husband was arrested and charged after his extremely overweight wife had died, according to police.

The husband of a 400-pound Detroit, Michigan area woman, has been charged with abuse after her recent death.

The authorities accuse Michael Brooks of ignoring Yolanda Reese-Brooks and allowing her to rot in a bed surrounded by her own waste. The 40-year-old woman died of morbid obesity and other injuries last week.

Prosecutors said that Brooks was the primary caregiver for his wife after she suffered a crushed pelvis and ruptured bladder in a car accident in 2011. She was taken from her apartment by an emergency team using protective equipment.

Brooks is charged with second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult. Prosecutor Eric Smith said that Brooks' conduct was disgraceful. Reese-Brooks’ four children are now living with a relative.



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