Woman found barely alive in Texas City house

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - A 62-year-old woman has been hospitalized after authorities found her barely alive in a house in Texas City.

A Texas City police spokesman says officers found the woman after someone called 911 late Friday, identifying himself as her son. He said his mother had bedsores and needed an ambulance. He said the back door of the house would be open, then hung up.

The officer arrived to find the woman alone in the house with maggots eating her flesh. The police spokesman said the house was in deplorable condition with several cats running free and an overwhelming stench similar to that of decaying flesh.

The woman is identified as Linda Sue Sainz, a retired Galveston County Sheriff's Office dispatcher. She was taken to Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. Hospital officials said this morning that they couldn't reveal her condition.

Police Chief Robert Burby said Adult Protective Services investigating.

Family members told police they had not seen Sainz since January.

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