Portsmouth woman facing felony elder abuse and child neglect charges after 78 year-old’s death

A Portsmouth woman was arrested Sunday on felony charges of elder abuse and child abuse after a 78-year-old died in her care.

On Sunday, the Portsmouth Fire Department was called to a home at 91 Mill Lane where they found the 78 year-old woman in critical condition and transported her to Newport Hospital for treatment. Portsmouth Police Officers responded to Newport Hospital where they discovered that the victim was suffering from severe neglect and maltreatment

The victim, Leonilda Cory, 78, was pronounced dead hours after being admitted into the hospital, police said in a statement.

The Portsmouth Police Detective Division then began to investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged neglect and abuse where they determined Lisa Cory, 51, was the primary caregiver of the victim.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and upon executing the warrant, uncovered evidence that Lisa Cory had willfully neglected the victim by failing to provide the necessary care, medical attention, and support that the victim required.

The investigation also revealed two juvenile children, ages 16 and 17, were residing at the address. The DCYF responded to the residence and took custody of the juveniles due to multiple indications of abuse and neglect.

The suspect, Lisa Cory, was charged with Felony Abuse, Neglect, and/or Exploitation of Adults with Severe Impairments, Felony Battery Criminal Negligence, and two counts of Felony Cruelty or Neglect of Child.

Lisa Cory was arraigned at the Newport County District Court earlier Monday on the charges.

Bail was set at $30,000.00 with surety.




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