MurderA woman named Susan Gensiak and her two daughters, Joan and Rebekah, were charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and neglect in the death of their son and brother, Robert Gensiak.

According to msn.com, “Robert Gensiak weighed just 69 pounds and was covered in scabies, a contagious skin infection caused by mites, at the time of his death.”

The amount of neglect displayed by the Gensiaks is outrageous in my opinion. Why didn’t they take their disabled family member to a personal care facility where he would receive treatment for his conditions?

According to a news source, the Gensiaks “told police they were concerned about losing his government assistance if he had been placed in a personal care facility.”  Talk about being selfish!  His mother even had the audacity to ask the police if she would continue to receive her son's Social Security benefits following his death.

Robert Gensiak's Condition at Death:

According to a news source, Robert Gensiak's autopsy photos showed the following:

  • Yellow skin
  • Scabies bites all over his skin
  • He had “open sores all over his body that were so extreme in spots that bone was visible”
  • Few remaining teeth which were about to fall out
  • Lice covering his head
  • Stomach lacked food and significant fluids

Their alleged excuse for not getting their son/brother to the doctor was that “they had no means of transportation.”

The suspects are charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and neglect of care for a dependent person.

What Is Involuntary Manslaughter?

Generally, if an individual did not have the intent to kill or commit a crime, but his or her criminal negligence or extreme recklessness resulted in a death, he or she may be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

What are your thoughts?