Joseph Bishop, 18, died at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center on Feb. Bishop, who suffered from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, lived with his mother and grandparents in Ludlow, Kentucky.These photos of Bishop were taken when he was a young boy. She considers herself a second mother to Bishop and another grandma to Joey."He was so strong. "You couldn't help but fall in love with this child.He grew to love video games, horror movies, baseball and later, girls and cars.Ever the eager student, he earned good grades even after Duchenne muscular dystrophy made it impossible for him to hold a pencil and then, eventually, to use a computer keyboard.She only knew it was him when she saw Bishop in the room.Nothing prepared Collins-Laytart for what she saw when a nurse turned Joey over a little later Saturday morning "to clean him up a bit." That is when she saw the "black, deep hole" on his back, adding: "He was just ate up."She saw others, too, on his legs and arms."To see him like he was was just heartbreaking,'' she said. None of this makes any sense."Bishop, 40, a doting mother who "worshiped her children" according to Collins-Laytart, is now accused of neglect that led to her son's death.Collins-Laytart has known Jamie Bishop for more than 20 years. He was so loveable, so sweet."Once he smiled at you,'' she said, "you just melted."But that was not the Joey Collins-Laytart saw when she walked into the intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center on Feb.
The didn't seek help because they feared they would get in trouble for neglect, records said. However, left untreated the open wounds allow for bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which spreads through the body and can cause organ failure, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Joseph Bishop, 18, died at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center on Feb. Bishop, who suffered from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, lived with his mother and grandparents in Ludlow, Kentucky.
His mother and grandparents were charged with second-degree manslaughter in his death.
Sharon Martin told Leach that it was just her, her husband, their daughter and their granddaughter.
Leach said the Martins often sit on the front porch, but she rarely saw Bishop because she worked.