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Daughter charged with lack of care

A Shepard Avenue woman who was responsible for her elderly parents' care faces charges after authorities Tuesday found their house unheated and with large piles of garbage and animal feces inside, Buffalo police said.

Marcia Korzeniewski, 61, was charged with felony endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person just before 6 p.m. Tuesday after Ferry-Fillmore District officers were called to the scene by Erie County senior citizen case workers.

Korzeniewski is accused of chasing county Adult Protection Services officials from her property, prompting them to call Buffalo police. She was the sole caregiver to her father, Leonard, 84, and mother, Victoria, 82, at the family's home at 106 Shepard Ave.

Officers Charles Skipper and Joseph Walters arrived to find what was described as deplorably filthy conditions inside the house and Korzeniewski's parents sitting on the couch wearing "multiple layers of clothing to stay warm," police reports stated.

Police reported that the heat inside the house was turned off and the temperature inside was dangerously low and unsafe. Reports stated that the utilities inside the house were "sporadic."

Both Leonard and Victoria Korzeniewski were taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, possibly suffering from hypothermia, according to police reports.

More than 10 cats were reported to have been living inside the home, police said. Their feces was found throughout the house, according to reports.

Piles of clutter and garbage at least four feet high throughout the house were observed by officers along with a urine-soaked carpet.

Korzeniewski also was charged with obstructing governmental administration for allegedly threatening case workers and refusing to allow them inside to speak with her parents.

She then also refused to open the door for Skipper and Walters, police reported, and allegedly threatened them.

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