TRENTON, Mich. – Two Trenton brothers were charged with homicide Thursday after police said they left their mother to die when she needed them the most.
Grant Balogh, 33, and Gabriel Balogh, 31, are charged with two counts of homicide and the abuse of a vulnerable adult in the death of their mother, Vickie Balogh.
The 58-year-old woman died in October. One of the brothers drove her body to Beaumont Hospital and said she had just stopped breathing.
Medical officials said Balogh had been dead for at least seven hours. Hospital staff members and police officers said they saw the shocking condition the woman's body was in.
They said her body was extremely emaciated, there were sores and lesions on her skin, her skeletal structure was visible through her skin and she was filthy.
Vickie Balogh suffered from ataxia, which is the loss of full control of bodily movements. She needed constant care, but her sons are accused of neglecting that care and leaving their mother to die in the home where she raised them.
"It's a tragedy," Trenton police Officer James Nardone said. "It's not only a tragedy for the community, it's a tragedy for the family."
Grant Balogh has an OWI from about 14 years ago. Gabriel Balogh has no criminal record.
The brothers are both being held on $200,000 bail.