On November 19, 1996, Marlene Corrigan called 911 to report that she could not wake her 13 year old daughter, Christina. Investigators found the girl dead, covered in bedsores, and surrounded by filthy conditions. In response to her daughter’s growing weight, Marlene had withdrawn her from school to homeschool her over a year earlier. Marlene had sought help for Christina when the girl was younger, but had not found an answer to controlling the girl’s weight gain. Christina eventually became so overweight that she lost the ability to stand and spent her days on the living room floor. Before her death, Christina had reached a weight of 680 pounds and become completely immobile, but her mother did not seek medical help. Christina died of heart failure. Marlene was sentenced to probation.
Date: November 19, 1996
Location: El Cerrito, California
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