CHEROKEE VILLAGE. Ark.- Charges have been upgraded for a woman accused of severely biting and killing an elderly woman that was under her care.
Jennifer Lea Collins, 55, has been charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree in connection to an incident on May 11.
Officials say that the elderly woman’s son said he came back to his home in Cherokee Village on Mixtec Drive on May 11, to find his mother lying in a pool of blood with bite marks all over her body. He also saw his mother’s Collins, on the floor as well.
Court documents state Collins had blood on her mouth.
When police arrived at the scene, they said Collins “smelled of alcohol” and was not coherent when answering their questions.
An ambulance took both the victim and Collins to White River Emergency Center in Cherokee Village for treatment.
Police records show the victim had “part of her chin bitten off.” The records go on to say “she had also been bitten on the face, hand, arm, leg, and the nipple of the victim’s left breast had been bitten off.”
While at the hospital, police obtained a blood sample from Collins, which has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for analysis.
No blood or injuries were noted on the son’s mouth, and police say there were no signs of forced entry into the home.
Officers arrested Collins that day and took her to the Sharp County Jail, where she remains.
The victim died from her injuries May 18, about a week after the incident.
Prosecutor Henry Boyce said, ” Boyce said, “After carefully reviewing the evidence in this case including a review of the autopsy and consultation with the Crime Lab Medical Examiner, I decided that the upgrade in charges was warranted.”
Murder in the Second Degree is a Class A Felony punishable by 6 to 30 years in the Department of Correction.