Darlene Coulibaly, 48, has been charged with domestic assault and elderly abuse of Howard Spracher
, 67, who died of cardiac arrest Tuesday night. Spracher was malnourished and had unhealed broken bones in his hands and feet, and numerous cuts and abrasions on his body; Coulibaly is believed to have been Spracher's sole caregiver.
Police continue to investigate just what happened to Spracher in his home in the 3800 block of Labadie Avenue. Coulibaly, who lived with him, has admitted to striking the older man with "hard objects" according to police. His death is being investigated as a homicide; a pending ruling by the city medical examiner on the cause of Spracher's death may change that.