Second arrest made in death of 24-year-old woman with disabilities

Second arrest made in death of 24-year-old woman with disabilities

(WMC) - A second person is under arrest in connection to the abuse of a woman who weighed 40 pounds when she died.

The victim in this case, a 24-year-old woman with disabilities, died more than two months ago after being rushed to the hospital. The woman's mother already faces abuse charges. Now, her friend is also responsible for her condition, according to police.

Three months have passed since fire gutted 4501 Jamerson Road. The case is fresh again with the arrest of Nicholas Newquest, who is charged with willful abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult and failure to report abuse or neglect.

When Jennifer Cotten ran into a burning home to rescue her daughter from the fire on May 6, it seemed like a heroic act. But by the end of the month, Cotten was arrested and accused of abusing her daughter who, according to an incident report, is "diagnosed with cerebral palsy, pica and mental retardation."

Police say when the woman was admitted to Regional Medical Center for burn treatment, she weighed only 40 pounds, was severely malnourished and tested positive for meth.

According to an affidavit of complaint, Newquest allowed Jennifer Cotten to bring her daughter over to stay even though the house did not have working electricity. It also said that Newquest "did not provide any medical services to Rebecca Cotten nor did he report to any agency about the woman's health."

Newquest is due in court on Friday. His bond is set at $10,000.

Cotten is due back in court on August 29.

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