Skip to comments.Northeast Philly Man Starves Elderly Father to Death: Cops
Posted on 03/17/2012 9:03:39 PM PDT by Morgana
A Northeast Philadelphia man was charged with the murder of his 82-year-old father and the severe neglect his mother by starvation, according to police.
Thomas Hauck, 57, of 3419 Kirkwood Road in Torresdale, was charged with third degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, felony theft and abuse of a corpse in the death of his father, according to authorities.
Police say that paramedics found 82-year-old Leonard Hauck dead in the basement of the Northeast Philadelphia home. Police said it was Hauck's wife who notified authorities.
The medical examiner determined on Feb. 27 that the elderly man died of dehydration and malnutrition. Police say the victim weighed just 79 pounds.
Thomas+Houck%2C+57%2C+is+accused+of+murder%2C+involuntary+manslaughter%2C+abuse+of+corpse+and+related+offenses+in+the+death+of+his+82-year-old+father+Leonard+Houck.The suspect told police his father died several days before and that he did not know what to do with the body, according to investigators.
Police say the suspect also severely neglected his mother. She was found malnourished but is recovering. Hauck is facing recklessly endangering the welfare of another person charges for the treatment of his mother.
Philthidelphia is a sewer. This story is not a surprise.
There is no natural affection left in some people-even their own children or parents. How sad.
People die of malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes and privatae homes all over the US. Why is this one special?
Family death panel.
Someone should starve this piece of crap to death.
The SOB just kept him barely alive so his checks would keep coming in and the days ‘wondering’ what to do with the body were to make sure the last check got there.
With this ‘warm spell’ that house/apartment must have been ripe.
Killin just to good for some people.....
The story says the wife notified authorities. Why didn’t she call them a lot sooner, for her own sake as well?
(Not defending the horrible son.)
Apparently it was the opinion of Judge Greer that dehydration and starvation was a humane way to die.
That's kind of what I was wondering. My 84 yr old mother eats all she cares to eat and has plenty to choose from but she barely maintains 105 lbs. Malnutrition and dehydration are often just the normal process of aging bodies that don't work well anymore.
My great Aunt lived through hard times during the Depression. As a result, when she was older she ate A LOT because she could. She was a rather large lady but absolutely hilarious into her 90’s. When they asked her about having a health care proxy and what her wishes were, she said she wanted a DNR but she did not want to die from dehydration as that would be horrible. But she also said if she couldn’t feed herself, it was time to go but it would be her daughter’s call on a feeding tube. She also joked, at 92, if I wake up and I ask for a sandwich, give me one. A year later she was in the hospital and the doctors were asking her daughter about the feeding tube as my great aunt had slipped into a coma. At that minute she
opened her eyes and asked for a sandwich, before closing her eyes and
peacefully passing away. A sense of humor until the end!
Great story! Thanks, you Aunt sounds like a truly wonderful person to have known, congratulations!
This is not far from where Michael Schiavo grew up. I wonder if they’re related.
it’s his effin father...duh
its his effin father...duh
The elderly die of malnutition and dehydration in front of their families in nursing homes all the time.