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Woman accused of abandoning disabled husband who died

Jennifer Denton, an Oklahoma woman, is accused of abandoning her diabetic and nearly blind husband, leaving him to die and his body to lay undiscovered for months. (Payne County Sheriff's Office)

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP/WKRC/KOKH) - An Oklahoma woman is accused of abandoning her diabetic and nearly blind husband, leaving him to die and his body to lay undiscovered for months.

Jennifer Lynn Denton, 36, was arrested Nov. 28 in Sayre after the body of her disabled husband, 49-year-old Wade Denton, was discovered with "several months decay" inside a home.

Payne County Sheriff's Investigator Rockford Brown told the Stillwater NewsPress that the man's body showed no obvious sign of foul play and that an autopsy will determine if he died due to neglect. Two dogs were also found dead in the home.

Brown says the man was diabetic, blind and unable to get food or water that was not inside the home. He has sent the prosecutor complaints of caretaker neglect, financial exploitation and animal cruelty.

Wade Denton's body was finally discovered Nov. 19 after months of neglect.

The affidavit said Jennifer Denton also used her husband's social security payments during this time. These were used to pay for her boyfriend's cell phone bills as far back as February. Denton faces complaints of neglect by caretaker, financial exploitation of a disabled person by caretaker and animal cruelty.

Sayre is about 130 miles (210 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City.

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