WAUSAU — A central Wisconsin
woman is facing felony charges after authorities say her
elderly mother died from a painkiller overdose and showed
signs of extreme neglect.
Tessmer is charged in Marathon County with abusing an
at-risk individual causing death. Seventy-eight-year-old
Mildred Costanza died Oct. 4 at her home in Ringle where
Tessmer cared for her.
A criminal complaint says
the autopsy showed Constanza was “severely emaciated,”
weighed only 75 pounds and had infections and sores on her
body. A forensic pathologist determined Costanza died from
the overdose "in the setting of chronic
Tessmer told police she was
aware her mother had a bad infection, but she didn't seek
medical care because her mother didn’t want it.
Tessmer’s public defender did not immediately return a
call for comment.