A St. Louis woman was charged with domestic assault and elder abuse after the death of a former Omaha man with whom she had lived.
Howard E. Spracher, 67, was malnourished and had numerous injuries, including unhealed broken bones in his hands and feet, St. Louis police said. He also had multiple bruises and cuts on his body.
Darlene Coulibaly, 48, was charged Wednesday in the death. Authorities said the investigation was continuing and they were awaiting a medical examiner's ruling on the cause of death.
Spracher was a City of Omaha public events worker from 1979 to 1995.
He was found in cardiac arrest in the St. Louis home he shared with Coulibaly about 10 p.m. Tuesday, police said. He died at St. Louis University Hospital.
Police say Coulibaly admitted to punching Spracher and striking him over time. Officers said it appeared Coulibaly was Spracher's caretaker for at least the past few months.
— McClatchy Newspapers and World-Herald staff writer Jay Withrow