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Brookfield man accused of abuse, neglect in the death of his wife

Joseph Duffy / phofrom Cook County Sheriff's office

Joseph Duffy / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office

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Updated: July 12, 2012 7:42AM

A 70-year-old west suburban Brookfield man has been charged with criminal neglect in the death of his wife.

Joseph Duffy was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of criminal abuse or neglect of an elderly person with a disability after his wife, Mary Jane, died in 2011, according to a press release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Mary Jane began suffering from dementia in 2006 and in the five years before her death in 2011, was treated at several hospitals and nursing homes where Joseph Duffy allegedly mistreated nurses, the release said. He also is said to have mistreated home-care nurses, allegedly denying one entry into his home because of her ethnicity.

According to the release, Duffy was also seen being verbally abusive toward his wife and some of her caregivers suspected injuries Duffy said were caused by falls had actually been caused by him.

The Illinois Department of Aging and police were alerted in August after a hospice company representative visited the home and found the 61-year-old Mary Jane with multiple bed sores, unable to speak, and in a general condition of neglect, the release said.

She was removed from the home in the 8800 block of 45th Street on Sept. 23, and died Sept. 1. She had bruising, fractured bones and missing teeth, and was in the late stages of dementia, the release said. She weighed just 56 pounds when she died.

When officials contacted Duffy, he allegedly protested his wife’s removal because “he would lose his money.”

On Dec. 22, the Medical Examiner’s office ruled her death a homicide, the release said. Duffy was arrested and charged Wednesday.

He is scheduled to appear in bond court at the Fourth District Bond Court in Maywood at 9 a.m.

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