Vancouver caregiver facing manslaughter charges

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A former Vancouver in-home caregiver is facing first-degree manslaughter for allegedly causing the death of a disabled woman by withholding medical treatment.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/WsxAKf) that 61-year-old Karin M. Depee was arrested Thursday in the investigation of the June death of 39-year-old Rachelle Beverly Law.

Vancouver police Sgt. Scott Creager says she was arrested in Beaverton, Ore., where she's currently living, and was set to be booked in the Washington County Jail. It's uncertain when she will appear in Clark County Superior Court, as she first has to be extradited.

According to charging documents, Law moved in to Depee's Vancouver apartment in February. Law was developmentally delayed and needed help managing her diabetes.

Court documents say Law was suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis, or a life-threatening complication of diabetes resulting from a shortage of insulin, when she was admitted to the hospital.