Police: Woman leaves disabled husband trapped in room for years

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GREENWOOD, Ind. — A serious case of life imitating art in Indiana where a woman is charged with a crime straight out of a Stephen King novel.

Investigators said Darlene Dickinson, 69, kept her husband Hugh Dickinson locked in a room for two years, and he may have stayed there even longer if it wasn't for a concerned neighbor. The victim's wife is charged with felony neglect of a dependent.

"His bedroom window was covered with maggots and flies and gnats," neighbor Lisa Tiedeman said. "I know right then I had to take action."

Darlene Dickinson was her husband's only caregiver since the children weren't allowed to visit after a fallout with their mother.

Hugh Dickinson had a stroke in 2000, and his health started to decline after his leg was amputated, the victim's daughter Cindi Moutschk said.

"When she would leave he said she would take his prosthetic leg so he couldn't get out of the house," Moutschk said. "There was no phone so he couldn't call anyone."

When police found the man, he told them he was only given a single meal a day and a warm Pepsi to drink.

If convicted, Darlene Dickinson could find herself locked in a room and behind bars for up to five years.

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