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Woman accused of locking disabled sister in closet for years appears in court

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

It's an extreme case of abuse that is hard to comprehend. 

Police said they discovered a 44-year-old woman, who is deaf and had other "cognitive and physical impairments," had been locked in a small closet at a home on Oliver Street in Corunna.

Prosecutors said she was forced to live there by her own sister Candy Lawson. She was given very little food and water, and just a bucket for a bathroom. Police suspect it could have been going on for seven years.

Candy Lawson, 44, of Corunna, faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, adult abuse and embezzlement. 

The embezzlement charges are related to benefits that were supposed to go to her sister.

"The victim was taken into protective custody and placed with adult protective services," said Deana Finnegan, the prosecuting attorney.

The victim, although unable to speak, was able to communicate to police that she wanted out of that closet.

“Right away, they could determine she was deaf so the officer wrote down on a piece of paper, do you want to come out and she said yes,” said Corunna Police Chief Nick Chiros.

Lawyers are expected to meet Oct. 30 to set a new court date.

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