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Woman, 87, says she killed disabled grandson because no one could take care of him: cops

2019-09-26

An elderly Florida woman told police she intentionally gave her disabled grandson a fatal overdose because she feared no one could take care of him after she’s gone, authorities said.

Lillian Parks, an 87-year-old Bradenton resident, is in protective medical custody and is expected to face criminal charges when she’s released, police said at a news conference on Tuesday.

She’s accused of giving Joel Parks, 30, a fatal dose of an undisclosed drug sometime over the weekend. The victim’s sister discovered his body at the grandmother’s apartment on Sunday and called 911, Police Capt. Brian Thiers told reporters.

The octogenarian only had part-time custody of her grandson, who lived in a group home during the week and stayed with her on weekends, according to police. His father is dead and his mother is estranged.

When officers arrived at her home, Lillian Parks “made several concerning remarks” to them, saying she was worried about who would be caring for the victim if she passed away, Thiers said.

“This is a difficult case for our detectives,” the captain said. “Partly, we feel bad for an individual who feels that the only option is to take another human being’s life because you’re so worried about their care after you’re gone... On the other hand, this was a process that was thought out, it was planned, and she took a human life."

The Bradenton Police Department is working with the state attorney’s office to determine the charges she will face.