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Mother found dead 'refused help'

A woman who died leaving her disabled daughter to apparently starve to death had refused the help of social workers, a council has said.

Police named the women as Stephania Wolf, 67, and her daughter Sam Wolf, 29.

Stephania Wolf is understood to have died several weeks ago.

Her 29-year-old daughter, who was reportedly paralysed from the neck down, was unable to care for herself. She was found alongside her mother at the home they shared in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, on Saturday. Their bodies were partially decomposed.

Hertfordshire County Council has confirmed it is looking into the case. A spokeswoman said: "The situation at the moment is that they were known to adult care services but they refused the offer of our services."

A source at the council said social services still had a duty to care for families who needed help, even if they refused it.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said that initial post- mortem examination results showed neither woman had suffered external injuries. There are no suspicious circumstances, she added.


From Belfast Telegraph