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Jackson woman charged in murder of disabled father

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Investigators with the Jackson Police Department are investigating the murder of a man, allegedly scalded to death by his daughter. 

On September 3, Jackson police responded to Reddix St. regarding a domestic disturbance call. When officers arrived they found that 55-year-old Diane Coleman had severely burned her father, 81-year-old Earl Coleman, with hot boiling water.

He was taken to Merit Health and listed in serious condition.

Coleman was arrested and taken to police headquarters where she was charged with domestic violence- aggravated assault. During the course of the investigation, police were unable to confirm the motive for Diane Coleman to burn her father.

Officials say Earl Coleman suffered from several medical issues and was paralyzed.

He was also confined to a wheelchair for mobility.

On Monday, September 12, Earl Coleman died of his injuries and was pronounced dead at Merit Health. The cause of his death was being investigated as a death investigation until December 6 when Jackson police ruled it a homicide.

The charges against Diane Coleman have been upgraded to murder, making Earl Coleman's death the 64th homicide for 2016.

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