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Bluff City woman charged in impaired daughter's death

Staff report • Jun 21, 2018 at 12:23 PM

Updated: 1:40 p.m. 

BLOUNTVILLE — Police have arrested a Sullivan County woman after the death of her impaired adult daughter, saying that abuse and negligence triggered the victim's fatal deterioration in health.

Judy Taylor, 67, was indicted on June 6 by a Sullivan County grand jury. According to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, on Dec. 7 police were asked to conduct a welfare check at her home on Harrington Hollow Road.

Judy Taylor's daughter, identified in a presentment as Julie Ann Taylor, was found dead inside the residence. An SCSO press release and grand jury records do not list her age, but police say she had been in Judy Taylor's care for several years.

Over that period of time, according to police, "the victim was not bathed, fed or taken care of."

Assistant District Attorney Emily Hutchins worked the case. She declined to comment on specifics in the investigation or its findings, how Julie Ann Taylor was impaired, her exact age, or how she came under the care of her mother.

Hutchins confirmed to the Times News that an autopsy was conducted on Julie Ann Taylor, but she declined to specify how long she may have been deceased before the police discovery.

According to the grand jury presentment, Judy Taylor's crimes against her daughter occurred "on or about December 5." That's two days before the SCSO welfare check that found Julie Ann Taylor dead.

On Wednesday, police served warrants on Judy Taylor and took her into custody. She is charged with criminally negligent homicide, physical abuse and gross neglect of an impaired adult.

As of Thursday afternoon, Judy Taylor remained held in the Sullivan County jail on $25,000 bond.

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BLOUNTVILLE — Police have arrested a Sullivan County woman after the death of her adult daughter, saying that her criminal negligence directly led to the victim's deterioration in health.

Judy Taylor, 67, was indicted earlier this month by a Sullivan County grand jury. According to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, on Dec. 7 police were called to her home on Harrington Hollow Road to conduct a welfare check.

Taylor's daughter was found dead inside the residence. An SCSO press release does not list her name or age, but says she had been in Taylor's care for several years.

Over that period of time, according to police, "the victim was not bathed, fed or taken care of."

On Wednesday, police served warrants on Taylor and took her into custody. She is charged with criminally negligent homicide, physical abuse and gross neglect of an impaired adult.

As of Thursday afternoon Taylor remained held in the Sullivan County jail on $25,000 bond.

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