When John and Tina Tedesco moved into a picturesque home in a rural Monroe County neighborhood seven years ago, they took in an older woman John Tedesco met while managing an apartment complex where she lived.
According to Tedesco, helping Barbara Ellen Rabins became “difficult” after she suffered a stroke in 2010 that had her in and out of care facilities. Twice, court records say, the Tedescos took Rabins out of a facility against the recommendation of doctors. John Tedesco maintained Rabins could no longer afford to pay for it because of an issue with her medical insurance, the records say.
While under the Tedescos’ care, Rabins’ health continued to deteriorate. When she died in August 2011 at age 70, she had lost more than 100 pounds in less than a year and was wearing an adult diaper stained with urine, feces and blood, the court records say. She had numerous bed sores and died from a combination of dehydration and choking on her own vomit, authorities said.
Almost two years after her death, police have charged John and Tina Tedesco with third-degree murder, alleging they neglected her to the point of killing her. Authorities also said they stole more than $110,000 from Rabins’ trust fund and an unspecified amount from her $1,300-a-month Social Security payment.
The couple’s “prolonged denial” of adequate nutrition and professional care led to Rabins’ death, according to court records filed Tuesday against the Tedescos. Read more »