Husband and wife charged with elder neglect, manslaughter in Asheboro

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James Hayner

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Two people have been charged with elder neglect and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of 84-year-old Thelma Hayner, police said Wednesday.

James Hayner, 55, and Kathleen Hayner, 48, both of Asheboro, have each been charged with felony neglect of an elder and involuntary manslaughter.

On Sept. 4, Asheboro police were notified by Randolph Hospital personnel of an incident involving possible elder neglect.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division responded and initiated a criminal investigation into the matter.

As a result of the preliminary investigation, James Hayner and his wife Kathleen Hayner were charged with felony neglect of an elder.

On Sept. 23, the victim, Thelma Hayner, died from wounds sustained as a result of the alleged neglect, police said.

The investigation continued, and on Tuesday, James Hayner and Kathleen Hayner were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Both were arrested a short time later, police said.

James Hayner’s bond was set at $200,000. Kathleen Hayner was given a bond of $20,000.