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    PA - Robert Gensiak, 32, disabled, dies of extreme neglect, Taylor, 20 March 2013

    Police: Disabled Pa. man who died suffered neglect

    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A 32-year-old Pennsylvania man with Down syndrome was so severely neglected by his family that his body was covered in scabies and he weighed just 69 pounds when he died, police said in charging his mother and two sisters with murder.

    Robert Gensiak had open sores down to the bone at the time of his death March 20. He was taken to the hospital a day earlier because he was only semi-responsive and couldn't stand up.

    Susan Gensiak, 59, of Taylor in northeastern Pennsylvania, and her daughters, Joan, 35, and Rebekah, 24, were charged Wednesday with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and neglect of care for a dependent person.

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...ed_suffered-ap
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    Susan Gensiak And 2 Daughters Charged With Murder Of Robert Gensiak, Disabled Man


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    Investigators said the suspects told police they were concerned about losing his government assistance if he had been placed in a personal care facility, and his mother asked them if she would still receive her son's Social Security check even after his death.

    The suspects had little to say at their arraignments or outside court. It wasn't immediately clear whether they had attorneys, and a phone listing was unavailable.

    Autopsy photos showed Robert Gensiak's skin was yellow and laced with scabies bites, with open sores all over his body that were so extreme in spots that bone was visible. His few remaining teeth were about to fall out, his head was covered in lice, and there was no food or significant fluid in his stomach, according to an autopsy.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3468728.html
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    Cops: Family starved Taylor man to death

    For two years, Robert Gensiak's world was his bedroom.

    It was there his family kept him from doctors, even when his skin cracked and bled and open sores formed from being forced to stay in his child-sized bed covered in feces

    And it was there the 32-year-old Taylor man with Down syndrome wasted away to 69 pounds because, according to police, his mother and sisters were starving him to death.

    On Wednesday, about three months after Gensiak died, police charged his mother, Susan Gensiak, 59, of 12 Williams St., and two sisters, Joan, 35, and Rebekah, 24, with murder

    http://citizensvoice.com/news/cops-f...eath-1.1507997
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    his mother asked them if she would still receive her son's Social Security check even after his death.
    That's what tipped me over the edge when I read about it yesterday. She's not sorry she starved and tortured her son, she's sorry her little gravy train is gone. Is there an emoticon here for kicking someone off the planet?

    RIP Robert. I am so, so sorry you didn't know the love and care of a real mother. But your suffering has ended, your torturers will face justice.

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    My amazing daughter with DS is 10 years old.
    She weighs 62 pounds and is not overweight.

    These girls have children and one is pregnant.
    NO mention of their son/brother's life OR death on any of their facebooks.
    No obituary or pictures of Robert anywhere either.
    Their father died in December 2010.

    I hope they never, ever get to be alone with children or the disabled ever again.


    Perp walks:

    http://m.thetimes-tribune.com/news/m...eath-1.1507713


    Susie

    https://www.facebook.com/susie.gensi...ed_target_id=0


    Bekah - 30+ weeks pregnant now

    https://www.facebook.com/beka.gensia...ed_target_id=0


    Joan - has a 6 year old boy and 3 year old girl

    https://www.facebook.com/joan.gensiak?fref=ts
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    On March 25, police and Children and Youth officials took Joan Gensiak's 2-year-old daughter, fearing her well-being because the home was riddled with scabies, lice and possibly ringworm.

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    Joan Gensiak described herself as her brother's caregiver, having moved into the home with her toddler to help her mother and her sister
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    They had no means of transportation, so they could not get medical treatment for him, they told investigators.


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    Police charged Susan, Joan and Rebekah Gensiak Wednesday with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and neglect of care for a dependent person.
    Joan Gensiak was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
    The toddler is in custody with Lackawanna County's Children and Youth Services.
    Rebekah Gensiak is roughly eight months pregnant.

    All three were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Paul J. Ware on Wednesday afternoon after their arrest and were sent to Lackawanna County Prison.
    Joan and Rebekah Gensiak are held in lieu of $250,000 straight bail. Susan Gensiak is held in lieu of $350,000 straight bail.

    Preliminary hearings are scheduled for the three on June 26 at 11 a.m.

    http://m.thetimes-tribune.com/news/m...eath-1.1507713

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    I'm gonna throw up. Not because of the descriptions of this poor mans' wounds, but because his "family" did this to him!

    They say that they didn't have transportation to take him to the dr, yet on 2 of those facebook pages, they say they are employed, and one of them is studying criminal justice!! They had to have some type of transportation to go to their jobs.
    The other states that she is a stay-at-home mom. Now we know how she afforded that!

    Kudos to LE, because if it had been me sitting across from this woman, I would've been all over her like white on rice when she asked if she would still recieve his check, even though he's dead!

    From the pictures, it sure doesn't look like any of these 3 women missed a meal

    Ugh, comments under that article...these "poor" women have a supporter

    Rest in peace Robert, I hate that you got cursed with possibly the worst family ever. At least you're not hurting now
    Last edited by Tonya421; 06-20-2013 at 05:21 PM.

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    This is horrifying. I'm so upset by this.

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    No transportation? Really? Cuz I am pretty dang sure they have these things call AMBULANCES that come to the house and get the patient. Believe me, I know because I am a first responder and we deal with people who call for petty crap such as nose bleeds, cramps, a hurt finger and those who really have no apparent issue but want a ride to the hospital, No one is ever refused.

    This poor man had to have suffered so much and was helpless and these "unusual people" took money intended to care for him and lived off of it and starved and abused him. Meanwhile, as they serve time, they have a right to be treated better than they ever treated the man they neglected to death.
    SwampMama

    GUILTY!!!

    Cyrus C. convicted of 2004 arson in Harvey, La. that killed 4 people, including his 19-month-old daughter, his teenage girlfriend, the girlfriend's mom and GF's young brother (age 11). He was acquitted in 2008 (state charges) in 2008 and found GUILTY (federal charges) in 2013

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/...d_of_2004.html

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    WHY didn't they call someone?!
    Why didn't they do something?!
    I will NEVER understand this mentality!



    Unable to post bail, the trio is in Lackawanna County Prison.

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    Speaking on condition of anonymity, a relative said the abuse stretches back to at least the mid-2000s,
    when she lost contact with the family.

    Susan Gensiak doted on her daughters, but did not love her sons, who were "not allowed to eat."

    "She wanted girls. She didn't want boys," the relative said.

    Joseph Gensiak Sr., who died in 2010, would sneak food to his boys, Robert and Joseph Jr., the relative said.

    "I would sneak them food," she said. "Everyone would try and sneak them food."

    http://citizensvoice.com/news/relati...dren-1.1508594



    “I had looked at that place, and I was told Robert lived there with Susan, and that there was skin everywhere. Just all over the floor, because they never took care of him,” the neighbor said.

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    His former neighbors in west Scranton called him “Bobby”.

    They said he spent most of his time inside his room and suffered from scabies, a contagious skin disease, even then.

    “They left Bobby inside by himself when they went somewhere…he looked terrible,” said neighbor Stacy Morton.

    http://wnep.com/2013/06/21/disgusted...o-murder-case/



    A Taylor woman and her daughters visited doctors and hospitals to maintain their own health while a son and brother with Down syndrome succumbed to psoriasis, scabies and malnutrition without seeing a doctor for at least two years, investigators said.

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    Prosecutors allege the three criminally neglected Mr. Gensiak while collecting $1,042 a month in Social Security Disability benefits intended for his care. Susan Gensiak received another $1,042 a month in benefits.

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    Susan Gensiak told investigators she could not get treatment for her son for lack of transportation, but some who knew the Gensiaks said they never lacked for a ride, often using taxis, buses or asking friends for a lift, Detective Castellani said.

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    Within hours after Mr. Gensiak died, the Rev. Sica said he called Susan to offer his condolences.

    "There was no emotion, sadness, anything,"
    the Rev. Sica said. "It seemed really weird to me."


    http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/tay...sits-1.1509341


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    Quote Originally Posted by MsFacetious View Post
    WHY didn't they call someone?!
    Why didn't they do something?!
    I will NEVER understand this mentality!



    Unable to post bail, the trio is in Lackawanna County Prison.

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    Speaking on condition of anonymity, a relative said the abuse stretches back to at least the mid-2000s,
    when she lost contact with the family.

    Susan Gensiak doted on her daughters, but did not love her sons, who were "not allowed to eat."

    "She wanted girls. She didn't want boys," the relative said.

    Joseph Gensiak Sr., who died in 2010, would sneak food to his boys, Robert and Joseph Jr., the relative said.

    "I would sneak them food," she said. "Everyone would try and sneak them food."

    http://citizensvoice.com/news/relati...dren-1.1508594



    “I had looked at that place, and I was told Robert lived there with Susan, and that there was skin everywhere. Just all over the floor, because they never took care of him,” the neighbor said.

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    His former neighbors in west Scranton called him “Bobby”.

    They said he spent most of his time inside his room and suffered from scabies, a contagious skin disease, even then.

    “They left Bobby inside by himself when they went somewhere…he looked terrible,” said neighbor Stacy Morton.

    http://wnep.com/2013/06/21/disgusted...o-murder-case/



    A Taylor woman and her daughters visited doctors and hospitals to maintain their own health while a son and brother with Down syndrome succumbed to psoriasis, scabies and malnutrition without seeing a doctor for at least two years, investigators said.

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    Prosecutors allege the three criminally neglected Mr. Gensiak while collecting $1,042 a month in Social Security Disability benefits intended for his care. Susan Gensiak received another $1,042 a month in benefits.

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    Susan Gensiak told investigators she could not get treatment for her son for lack of transportation, but some who knew the Gensiaks said they never lacked for a ride, often using taxis, buses or asking friends for a lift, Detective Castellani said.

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    Within hours after Mr. Gensiak died, the Rev. Sica said he called Susan to offer his condolences.

    "There was no emotion, sadness, anything,"
    the Rev. Sica said. "It seemed really weird to me."


    http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/tay...sits-1.1509341
    OMG!!!!!!! This is HEART BREAKING!!!! WHY DIDN'T ANYONE - even the NEIGHBORS who are speaking up now - WHY didn't they report this family or CALL Police when Bobby was suffering or before had to die!!!!! OMG...this is so unbelievably sad on so many levels! That poor man!!!! My heart just bleeds! He suffered for sooooo long! RIP Bobby!!! I'm so sorry your weren't loved like you so deserved!!! You are in Heaven now. You are out of pain...and you are LOVED!!!

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    I think what they meant to say was We didn't request transportation for our fatally malnourished, scabies and lice riddled, bed sore covered son... because that would have prompted some awkward questions. Now where do we cash this SS check?

    So glad the little two year old was removed to (presumably) a safer environment. I pray she didn't actually see her uncle in his condition or hear his cries (for surely he must have cried). I also hope she is in good health and not suffering from parasites.

    Would it not have been possible for those other relatives to put in an anonymous call to Child Welfare?

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    Of course, anyone could have called to report it. But they didn't. I'd like to know what their excuse is.

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    The preliminary hearing for a Taylor mom and her two daughters accused of criminally neglecting to death a close family member with Down syndrome was rescheduled Wednesday so the court can finish appointing their lawyers.

    A new date has not yet been scheduled.

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    Unable to post bail, the three women remain in Lackawanna County Prison. On Wednesday, the Gensiaks declined a Times-Tribune reporter's request for an interview.

    http://citizensvoice.com/news/hearin...lect-1.1511791


    Reaction has been overwhelming. Yet I wonder when we, as a commonwealth with an infrastructure to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment of children and the elderly, will finally say, "Enough is enough." When will we finally implement a protective services program for adults with disabilities so that people like Robert Gensiak do not have to die at the hands of family caregivers who were ill-equipped to render proper care?

    In September 2003 the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee issued the "Assessment of the Need for an Adult Protective Services Program." This report examined the need for a protective services program for physically and cognitively impaired adults between 18 and 59.

    http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/...ence-1.1512333

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    PA - Disabled man who died suffered neglect

    A FORMER primary school principal remains on bail despite admitting to starving her disabled daughter to death.

    Kyla Puhle, 27, was severely emaciated and weighed just 12kg when she died.

    COURT REPORTER ANDREW DOWDELL
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    MAY 30, 2013 10:13AM
    http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/natio...-1226652861778

    Her father died by a gun shot injury after. It has been established that he was licenced to have a firearm. Moo to this as there are no current links.
    Last edited by Flinders; 06-30-2013 at 01:53 AM.

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    Thank you Chris Kelly for this amazing article!!!


    The last two years of Robert Gensiak's life were worth about $25,000, payable in monthly installments of $1,042.

    His mother and sisters spent the money on rent and food while their son and brother went hungry. As he starved to death in a soiled bed built for a child, Robert was eaten alive.

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    The organisms feeding on Robert contributed to his death, but prosecutors say the parasites who killed him were blood relatives.

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    The best available documentation of his miserable life and death are autopsy photos too gruesome to publish. The images document the agonizing corruption of Robert's flesh, but cannot reveal the unimaginable violence done to his mind, imprisoned in a rotting husk as his family shared meals, watched television and updated their Facebook pages in the next room.

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    A young man with Down syndrome is totally dependent on his mother and sisters for his daily care. They lock him away in a back bedroom and starve him while spending his disability checks. It's clear he is suffering and won't survive long, but they let him rot for two years, calling an ambulance only after it's too late.

    Why?

    Because somebody had to pay the rent.

    http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/...-man-1.1509435






    Robert Gensiak did not fall through a crack in a system that is supposed to protect society's vulnerable.

    He fell through a chasm.


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    Though it is not a regulatory agency that directly monitors or investigates complaints of abuse, The ARC Northeastern Pennsylvania aids people with intellectual disabilities and would report abuse to the proper authorities if its staff suspected any, said Donald Broderick, the ARC's executive director. The family never sought their help, Broderick said.

    "We did not know the situation until we heard about it like everybody else (this week)," he said. "He was not known to us. It's pathetic, it's appalling. You can't believe something like this would happen today."

    Despite the lack of a social services agency that investigates abuse, Broderick said the existing system could have worked if the family wanted help or if someone reported Robert Gensiak's abuse.

    "I feel very confident that the system would have responded had they reached out," he said.


    Jarbola said the Gensiaks seem to have successfully avoided the social services system. Their frequent moves to new homes could have contributed to being able to avoid getting too close to people who might have noticed problems, he said.

    http://citizensvoice.com/news/lackaw...-gap-1.1509476



    Three Taylor women accused of neglecting a family member until he died now have legal representation.

    http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/cou...rder-1.1514132

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