Police unsure if Texas City woman will survive

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - Police aren't sure if a woman found barely alive with maggots eating her flesh will survive.

Retired Galveston County sheriff's deputy Linda Sue Sainz is being treated at Mainland Medical Center.

Police Capt. Brian Goetschius said someone called 911 late Friday night claiming to be her 38-year-old son. He said his mother had bedsores and needed an ambulance.

Authorities are searching for the man who they say was her sole provider of food, medical care and shelter, while her retirement income paid their bills.

Police declined to specify Sainz's pre-existing medical problems, noting they are still waiting to receive medical records that were subpoenaed.

The Houston Chronicle reports prosecutors also want the medical records before pursuing charges.

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