Hearing set for woman accused of leaving disabled mom to die

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside woman accused of neglecting and abusing her 85-year-old mother, leaving the disabled woman unattended in a bed for days until she developed a lethal infection, is slated to be arraigned today in Riverside County Superior Court.

Linda Maureen Raye, 59, could face more than 30 years in prison if convicted of first-degree murder, elder abuse and a sentence-enhancing allegation of committing a felony against a person over 70 years old.

Raye is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

She was arrested March 20 following an investigation that spanned more than a year.

According to Riverside police, Raye was the state-paid in-home caregiver for her mother, Yolanda Farrell, for the last several years of her life.

The mother and daughter lived in the victim’s Iowa Avenue home.

Farrell suffered from polio and had no use of her legs and only limited use of one arm, according to investigators. She was bedridden.

In November 2012, the victim was admitted to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley after going into septic shock. She had multiple sores that had become infected on her backside, investigators alleged.

The long-infected sores led to blood poisoning, culminating in Farrell’s death on Dec. 11, 2012.

Despite her denials, detectives learned that Raye had received wound management training and knew what to do when ulcers appeared, according to court papers.

Raye had relocated to San Bernardino by the time charges were filed and was arrested at her apartment without incident.

Court records indicate she was arrested and charged in April 2009 for illegal possession of marijuana. Under a court-approved plea deal, the defendant enrolled in a drug counseling program, resulting in the misdemeanor charge against her ultimately being dismissed.

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