Care Worker Charged with the Manslaughter of Ann Marie Smith Granted Bail

- DEMI LYNCH -


Earlier this year Anne Marie Smith was found dead in her home in what police described as "disgusting and degrading circumstances."


Anne Marie had cerebral palsy and needed a carer to look after her every day.


Police found the 54 year old in her cane chair in her Adelaide home in April.


They say she was stuck in her chair 24 hours a day for over a year.


She died from severe septic shock, organ failure, severe pressure sores, malnutrition and issues connected with her cerebral palsy.


Police say her death was preventable had she not been neglected.


Disability care recipient Ann Marie Smith. Source: SA Police

Last week Anne Marie's carer Rosa Maria Maione (also known as Rosemary) was arrested and charged with manslaughter.


She is also accused of stealing $35,000 worth of jewellery and $220,000 in cash from Ann Marie's home.


Rosa Maria Maione, Ann Marie's carer. Source: ABC News

However, on Thursday Rosa was granted home detention bail.


She will now be living with her daughter and son-in-law.


Rosa is banned from working as a carer and has to surrender her Italian passport.


She will be electronically monitored and cannot apply for an Australian passport.


Rosa will not return to court until February 2021.


Ann Marie Smith's home at Kensington Park, Adelaide. Source: SA Police

Rosa's former employer, Integrity Care, has also been banned from operating.


The NDIS Commission revoked their registration as it took the employer two weeks to report Ann Marie's death.


Integrity Care has also been fined over $12,000 for their actions.


The NDIS is still investigating the situation.



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