Man indicted for murder in mother’s death


Police say autopsy points to malnutrition

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



George Phillip King


A Cumberland man has been indicted for murder in the death of his mother.

George Phillip King, 57, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Cumberland City Police Department Officer Mark Saylor.

Kentucky State Police Det. Josh Howard presented the evidence to the grand jury resulting in the indictment.

According to the indictment, King engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to Carolyn King, causing her death. The indictment also states George King was the caretaker for Carolyn King, and knowingly neglected her, causing her death.

Howard said KSP received a call on June 12 to respond to Harlan ARH Hospital in reference to a death investigation involving Carolyn King.

“Through investigation, we learned that early in April Mrs. King had suffered a fall in her residence,” said Howard. “Since then, she had pretty much become immobile and was bedridden. We determined that Mr. King was a caretaker for many years and lived in the residence with Carolyn.”

Howard said Carolyn King began to lose weight after her fall.

“It appears she lost 25 or 30 pounds,” Howard said. “She died on June 12. The…autopsy report reveals the cause of death was failure to thrive, which could be contributed to dehydration and severe malnutrition.”

Howard mentioned police became involved with the case due to Carolyn King’s physical state at the time of her death.

“We determined Mr. King would have been the caretaker within those two months, and failed to obtain any medical help that would assist in Carolyn King’s well-being,” Howard said. “The case was presented to the grand jury on Oct. 5 resulting in an indictment.”

George King was indicted for wanton murder and knowing neglect of an adult. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $25,000 full cash bond.

In other police activity:

• Courtney Smith, 25, of Loyall, was arrested by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford on Tuesday. According to the complaints, Smith sold oxycodone to a cooperating witness on July 10, July 20, and July 15. She was charged with three counts of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of trafficking a legend drug. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on three full cash bonds totaling $30,000;

• Leslie Amber Smith, 27, of Loyall, was arrested by Lunsford on Monday. She was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, trafficking in legend drugs and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on three full cash bonds totaling $14,500.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde

George Phillip King
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Police say autopsy points to malnutrition

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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