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A woman authorities found starving in a Darlington home last month died Wednesday afternoon.
Mary Lee Sims Terry, 62, died in a Florence hospital, Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee said.

When EMS officials discovered Terry in her home Jan. 29, it appeared she hadn’t eaten in 30 days, Darlington Police Capt. Danny Watson said.

Timothy Sims, 47, and his cousin, Les Williams, 53,both of 402 Second St. in Darlington, each are charged with two counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult, Watson said.

After Terry’s death, one of the counts was upgraded to a higher statute of abuse of a vulnerable adult, which is punishable by as much as 30 years in prison, instead of just 15, Watson said.

The cousins also are charged in connection with the neglect of Terry’s 84-year-old mother, who is expected to survive, Watson said.
Williams is Terry’s nephew and her mother’s great-nephew, Watson said.

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