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Authorities charge Alexandria woman with abuse, causing mother’s death

An Alexandria woman was arrested Monday after being accused of causing the death of her elderly mother.

Anne Bailey Farr, 69, was charged with felony abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult resulting in death. Her mother, Margaret H. Farr, died nearly a year ago at age 98, but the indictment was not issued until last week.

Anne Farr called the city emergency services on May 19, 2013, to report that her mother had died, according to a police officer’s affidavit for a search warrant for Margaret Farr’s medical records filed in October in Fairfax County Circuit Court. The officer responded to the scene and found Margaret Farr lying on her stomach about three feet from her bed.

Farr stated that her mother had fallen out of bed either Friday or Saturday and had stayed there until Sunday the 19th, according to the search warrant affidavit. Farr then believed her mother to be dead and called the fire department. According to the affidavit, Farr said she did not provide her mother with any food or medication during the hours she spent on the floor. The police officer wrote that a “pill of the week” box containing blood pressure medication for Friday and Saturday was found near Farr’s body.

Felony abuse that results in death is a Class 3 felony. If convicted, Farr would face five to 20 years in prison. She is currently being held in Alexandria jail on a $10,000 bond. There was no lawyer listed in court papers, and family could not immediately be reached.

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