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Woman accused of manslaughter in elderly mother's death

ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Escambia County deputies have arrested a woman they say is responsible for her elderly mother's death.

Deputies say 95 year-old Florence Rucker was found unconscious and severely neglected at a home on Amber Street back in May.

Florence's daughter, Kathy Rucker, was arrested for aggravated manslaughter on Wednesday after an investigation.

Deputies say Florence Rucker had several large, open sores on her body when she was found.

The case has shocked and disgusted many who live in the community.

Michael Bentley, a neighbor, said, "It's heartbreaking."

Amanda Monnity, who lives across the street, asked, "How could she do that to her own mother?"
Neighbors say they were unaware of the conditions described in the Sheriff's Office report, much of which is too graphic for television.

"How could she lay down and go to sleep knowing she neglected someone that needs help?" Monnity asked.

"If I would've known that that lady was over there like that," said Porche Duran, another neighbor, "I would've had went over there myself."
Investigators say Kathy Rucker lived with her mother and was her primary caregiver. She told deputies she called 911 because her mother had been unresponsive and unable to drink any fluids. When paramedics arrived they say Florence Rucker was lying on the floor of the living room, which was in complete disarray and strewn with garbage.

Florence was taken to the hospital as a trauma alert. She died a few days later.
Kathy Rucker says her mother had fallen down in the living room about two weeks before she called EMS, and that she had been unable to get her up off the floor. She told deputies her mother had been talking to her during that time so she didn't feel the need to call for help.

"I work in a retirement home," said Bentley from his trailer near the Rucker home, "I see the elderly on a daily basis and these people, they've lived their entire life, they've tried to raise their children the best they can and then to be treated like that right at the end when they can't defend themselves, it's pretty much the worst thing I can imagine."
Kathy Rucker remains behind bars on $100-thousand bond.