A woman who died, leaving her disabled daughter to apparently starve to death, had refused help of social workers, a council said.
The woman, named locally as Stephanie Wolf (56), is thought to have died several weeks ago.
But her daughter (29), 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.
Yesterday, Hertfordshire County Council said it was 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 yesterday that initial post- mortem examination results showed neither woman had suffered external injuries.