Woman with Alzheimer's lived with husband's body for a month

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) -- Decatur Police and Fire were called to a home Friday afternoon on Chestnut Street. They say inside they found a man, Jessie Claude Kirby, 75, deceased from what's believed to be natural causes.


However, they say they found his elderly wife, Doris Kirby, 78, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, inside the home as well. It's estimated that the Jessie Kirby had been dead for about a month. Police told WHNT News 19 that Doris Kirby was in very poor condition, and was taken to Decatur-Morgan Hospital for treatment.


Police also say there were two dogs inside that appeared to have died from starvation. Police did not release any details on why no one had checked on the couple for so long or who called them to the home.  

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