Aburn, NY – An Auburn couple have been charged in the sudden death of the woman’s daughter, a disabled 17-year-old.
Jennifer M. Klino, 37, and her fiancé Brian T. Burns, 35, are both at first degree risk of endangering the well-being of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a felony, following a an inquest into the teenager’s death, according to felony complaints filed with Auburn City Court.
Bryleigh Klino, 17, died of cardiac arrest on Feb. 25 after being rushed to Auburn Community Hospital, court documents show. Bryleigh was bedridden; she suffered from autism and Rett syndrome, a neurological condition that affects coordination, speech and the use of your hands, according to the documents.
A nurse preparing her body for the morgue observed that the teenager was wearing a diaper saturated with bloody fluid and that the teenager had multiple ulcers under the diaper, according to an affidavit from the nurse submitted to court. She said she also saw pins and screws protruding from the skin of the teen’s buttocks.
Another hospital employee then observed numerous bedsores that had not been treated, according to an affidavit from that employee. The employee also noticed a metal rod protruding from Bryleigh Klino’s buttocks and back.
The employee asked Jennifer Klino if she knew about the bedsores and the metal rod and the mother said she knew, according to the affidavit. The mother said she had been trying to treat the bedsores for some time, according to the affidavit.
Jennifer Klino never attempted to provide medical treatment or seek treatment for the stainless steel rod sticking out of her daughter, police said in court documents.
The Auburn Police Department has opened an investigation following the teenager’s worrying condition when she died, acting Cayuga County District Attorney Brittany Grome-Antonacci said.
The inquest into her death revealed that Bryleigh, unable to care for herself, was left unattended the night of her death, according to court documents.
According to court documents, the couple typically used a baby monitor to keep tabs on the teenager when he wasn’t in the room with her. Burns told police they forgot to charge the battery and the monitor was not working the night Bryleigh died.
Police waited to charge the couple until they received full medical records and reports about the teenager, Grome-Antonacci said.
Police and prosecutors are still awaiting autopsy results to determine an official cause of death, she said. After receiving this report, they will reevaluate the charges against the couple.
The couple are accused of knowingly acting in a manner likely to harm the physical, mental or moral well-being of a person unable to care for themselves due to physical disability, illness or a mental disability.
Bryleigh suffered multiple health complications that left her bedridden and delayed communication, according to court documents. His condition after his death revealed that many aspects of his health had been neglected by the two people charged with his care.
According to her obituaryBryleigh’s death was described as unexpected.
Bryleigh, a student at Auburn High School, is survived by her two sisters and three brothers, according to the obituary. She loved country music, travel, and all things Spongebob Squarepants.
The police investigation into Bryleigh’s death is still ongoing. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is also investigating the death.
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