Ohio woman, children charged with murder in husband’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman and three children have been charged with murder after her husband and children’s father died of organ failure caused by malnutrition and bed sores.

A grand jury in Cleveland indicted 59-year-old Debora Brichacek (brik-AY’-sik), 34-year-old Wendy Brichacek, 31-year-old Debbi Brichacek and 28-year-old Brian Brichacek this week. They’re also charged with involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.

Sixty-three-year-old Richard Brichacek weighed 93 pounds when he died at his Euclid home in December. A medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

Prosecutors say Brichacek suffered from a neurological disorder and didn’t receive adequate nutrition or medical care for more than a year before his death.

Records don’t indicate if the Brichaceks have attorneys. A home phone number repeatedly rang busy Friday.

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