A Michigan woman switched off her elderly mother’s life support system — but then was so distraught, she called the cops to confess, police said.
Corinne J. Damm, 59, called police in Gladwin on Feb. 1 to report that she had cut tubing attached to her mother’s ventilator and turned the apparatus off while visiting her at Gladwin Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation, according to a police report obtained by MLive.com.
Her mother lived but Damm, who was “very distraught,” told police she could no longer watch her 78-year-old mom endure “all the pain,” the outlet reported.
A nurse at the rehab center turned the breathing machine back on some 60 seconds after it was switched it off, keeping the elderly patient alive, police said.
Damm later told police during an interview that her mother had been living at home until March 2019, when she started having unspecified medical issues that required stays at various facilities.
“Corinne advised her mother said she can’t do this anymore and that she wanted to die,” Damm said, according to police. “Corinne advised it wasn’t like she was trying to plan a mercy killing, she just could not watch her mother in all the pain.”
Damm, who initially was charged with attempted murder, pleaded no contest earlier this week to a lesser charge of vulnerable adult abuse, a court official told MLive.com.
Damm has since been released from Gladwin County Jail after posting a $100,000 personal recognizance bond. She is set to be sentenced March 23, the outlet reports.
Messages left for Damm, of Caseville, and her court-appointed attorney were not immediately returned early Thursday.
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