Tuesday, 17 May 2022

    Carer bailed over woman’s death

    A former carer charged over the ‘appalling’ neglect death of an Adelaide woman with a disability has been freed from jail to live at home, 7 News reports.

    Rosa Maione, 68, has been charged with manslaughter after Annie Smith, 54, was found in squalid conditions in her Kensington Gardens home earlier this year.

    Smith died in April from septic shock, multiple organ failure, severe pressure sores and malnourishment that developed while receiving full-time care.

    A manslaughter investigation was launched after detectives were shocked by the “disgusting and degrading” living conditions.

    Police say Smith was confined to a wicker chair for more than a year.

    In court, Maione was released on a $2,000 home detention bail agreement.

    Strict conditions mean the 68-year-old will be banned from working as a carer.

    However, Maione will be allowed to babysit her six-month-old granddaughter.

    Other conditions of Maione’s release include that she be electronically monitored and that she surrender her Italian passport and not apply for an Australian one.

    Maione will return to court in April when prosecutors will make a final charge determination with the Director of Public Prosecutions given until February to prepare the initial brief of evidence.

    After Thursday’s court appearance Police Commissioner Grant Stevens confirmed the investigation into Ms Smith’s death was continuing.

    Smith’s care provider, Integrity Care, was banned from operating by the NDIS Commission.


    Annie Smith’s carer, Rosa Maione, granted bail over manslaughter charge (7 News)


    Ann Marie Smith (file image)