Mich. man ordered tried in death of 400-pound wife

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The husband of a 400-pound Detroit-area woman has been ordered to stand trial on an abuse charge in her death.

Authorities say 37-year-old Michael Brooks ignored Yolanda Reese-Brooks and let her fester in a bed surrounded by her own waste. The 40-year-old Warren woman died of morbid obesity and other injuries last month.

The Macomb County prosecutor's office says Brooks was his wife's primary caretaker after she sustained a crushed pelvis and ruptured bladder in a 2011 auto wreck. She was extracted from their apartment by an emergency crew wearing protective gear.

Brooks is charged with second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Brooks waived his preliminary examination Monday, and a Warren judge ordered him to stand trial. His next court date is Dec. 17.


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