Joshua and Carlena Pinkerton Allegedly Abused Mentally Disabled Family Member to Death

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Joshua (left) and Carlena Pinkerton.
A 22-year-old mentally disabled man is dead after sustaining at least a dozen injuries, allegedly at the hands of family members.

Joshua and Carlena Pinkerton, the man's brother-in-law and sister, brought him to the hospital Friday after he collapsed in the bathtub, and a doctor called Phoenix police after noticing bruising, scrapes, puncture wounds, an infected wound, dehydration, and low body temperature and body weight.

The man ended up dying, and an autopsy revealed more injuries, including a dislocated shoulder, a puncture in his arm, a possible broken nose, several bone fractures, a bruised testicle, injuries inside of his mouth, and a flesh-eating virus.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the Pinkertons brought the man to a medical center, telling staff that he had been vomiting and not eating recently.

The Pinkertons then left.

Their family member "required a level of care that the medical center could not provide," according to the documents, and the man was transferred to a hospital, where the doctor called the police after identifying the "abusive injuries."

Bruising on his knees was suspected to be a result of crawling. A puncture pattern on his thigh matched that of a "chicken wire structure" found on the roof of the Pinkertons' home.

The man weighed about 90 pounds and had a body temperature of less than 93 degrees, according to the documents.

Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes tells New Times the man also had a chicken bone lodged in his throat.

Police went to the Pinkertons' home with some questions, and Carlena Pinkerton pointed police to the man's room. Court documents describe officers "noticed only a few items in the room, which included a litter box and a chair."

Holmes adds that detectives suspect the Pinkertons also kept the man locked in a 2-foot-by-4-foot closet some times.

The Pinkertons told police that the man -- who's lived with them since 2008 -- was the only other person who lived in the house, aside from their 8-year-old child.

They told police they'd never taken their family member to a doctor since he's lived with them and explained that they only took him to the hospital after collapsing in the bathtub.

The autopsy was performed yesterday.

That's when it was discovered by the medical examiner that the man also had a dislocated shoulder, a puncture in his arm, a possible broken nose, several bone fractures, a bruised testicle, injuries inside of his mouth, a flesh-eating virus, sores, a collapsed lung, and various other cuts and bruises, according to the documents. Holmes adds that the man also had renal failure.

The sores were possibly caused by the man lying in his own urine and feces, according to the court documents.

Police described the man's injuries as "abusive, neglectful, and tortuous."

The Pinkertons told police they "had not observed" myriad injuries to their family member, and both told police that they just noticed that he was getting lethargic over the past few weeks.

They were both jailed on two counts of vulnerable-adult abuse and second-degree murder. Bond was set at $100,000 each.




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Dizzy8992
Dizzy8992

How did they bring him in? Were Josh and Carlena talking or how did they look?

Saddened
Saddened

I say James mother should have never taken James amd Jamie from his gaurdians back in 1997 they would have never had to endure the pain of a unbalanced life of abuse and drugs. They would have been loved and better off. Lets face it we all have skeletons and we all try to be someone we are not, it's too easy. Step up and accept the responsibilities for your part. I believe Andrew and Amy are sincre and grieving for their brother but lets not forget, Carlena is able to love and have campassion, she always took care of her brothers and sister she had to worry about getting food for them she missed school because she had to take care of them when she had to take Jim it was because the loser of a mother couldn't get her life right! No child should have to be responsible for their parents mess. Everything will come out in the trial.

Jackie Du Charme
Jackie Du Charme

I am so sorry Amy. I can't imagine people doing this but I know they do. May you find peace.

Saddened
Saddened

I don't think Roemarie should be too shock, Carlena was only continuing the abuse that her mother started!Because she thought that was how we take care of Jim. Carlena was a good girl that really tried to win her mother's love. Carlenas daughter had a physical and SHE WAS NEVER HARMED... But it will all come out, in the meantime Rose should not be running her mouth about punishment! She knew what was happening she visited often.

Sidearm45
Sidearm45

I know Josh, I worked with him. Nice guy. Always had a smile, always willing to lend a hand. When I learned what these two had been doing for the past year I was sickened. Just knowing him made me feel defiled. Because I liked him. Thought he was a pretty cool guy. A lot of people who know him can't believe he'd do something like this. He's very likable. Well unfortunately likable only goes so far. I don't believe everything I read. And to see the New Times quoting police officers as credible sources gives new meaning to the term hypocrite. But in the end their final actions establish their guilt. They said he fell in the shower and hasn't been eating much. Then they left. A really lame attempt to explain his condition and now have better things to do. I hope that prisoners view mentally handicapped in the same light as a child. Those who go to prison for hurting children often get killed within hours of arrival. And that's what they deserve.  As I posted on Facebook when I first learned of this: I worked with a monster. These two aren't human, they lack any sense of moral character or conscience. They are not like most of us. They're not like me. To take responsibility for one unable to care for himself and fail to do so is reprehensible. To abuse that person is sick. And to systematically torture that person to death makes you a monster. Stories like this offend decent people at the very core of their being.  This poor man was six feet tall and weighed under 100 lbs. Sounds like a concentration camp victim. I once read an account of a German psychologist who was at Auschwitz. He said he observed a man having a nightmare and was about to wake him. But as he reached out his hand recoiled. He realized that no nightmare, no matter how bad, would be worse than the reality he would be waking him up to. Worse than your worst nightmare. When you wake up dripping sweat and fear has such a grip on you that darkness and sleep are now enemies. That's what this mans life was. Beaten and starved to death by those who were supposed to care for him, protect him. Monsters!

Heartsflowers2002
Heartsflowers2002

I understand your position better with this and remember you as the gentlest. and it is why i wanted to say, my wish for you is to be able to find some shred of peace, i know it will be hard. i do understand that you love all your family, that you cannot help that, and my heart aches for you also, to be torn this way, i know you are a spiritual person. i sense you are searching for answers and a path to closure, that you are searching for some sort of perspective and context to place this all within your own belief system where it might make sense inside your heart and soul, and with all sincerity i hope you may find it. i wish i could help you. if ever you need to talk, i will listen, you know where to find me online online i believe.  I hope you find peace. please take care of yourself and your mother.

Heartsflowers2002
Heartsflowers2002

  one more thing, this isn't something that "happened" to him. It was "done" to him. there is a distinction to made there if one is to move forward and heal with any shred of honesty. only then can you truly help your family member. one cannot help someone they love find light if they refuse to find them in their darkness. and your niece is my 21 year old daughter, kind-hearted, sensitive, and naive, she did cry reading this without ever having met him, and for future reference, i will always take exception if she should ever be mischaracterized.

Constance
Constance

I can't get my mind around this kind of cruelty.  The laundry list of physical problems this young man had prior to his death is unbelievable - lodged chicken bone, flesh-eating disease, broken bones?  There is nothing anyone could say that any reasonable person could buy as a defense for this.  There is no excuse for this.  Thankfully, the young man is no longer living in such hell.

Heartsflowers2002
Heartsflowers2002

I'm generally a peaceful and compassionate person, but I am sorry, on casting the first stone. here....Yeah, I'll cast it in this instance, because I am quite positive that I have never, and would never, take an adult into my care and leave them to become a 90 lb body with a chicken bone lodged in their throat and a flesh-eating virus. This is not a situation of a couple of people with good intentions that were not capable of carrying them out, this is pure cruelty and lack of a moral conscience. As for the newpapers and actual environment...Well first, the facts will come out in court, second, there is only so much liberty news is allowed when spreading information without being sued for slander, so I am guessing they will try to get thnigs as accurate as possible. And the environment? If you are taking the responsibilty of caring for someone with special needs, you should probably adjust that environment to suit them, and if animal feces is on the list of duties you can't keep up with, then you should either not take the responsibilty of the special needs person, or find better homes for the animals. --There were plenty of choices here, but the wrong ones were made and someone had to suffer--read again, SUFFER-- for them. As for their child? This is maybe a blessing for their child. I do know the victim's grandmother is going to be haunted by this all her life even though, she has done the best she could in reuniting her family and having them in her life. I can't speak for her, but I hope she might find some consolation or peace knowing the child might end up with a better life now. The grandmother has led a hard life and is a gentle-hearted soul and my heart aches for her. I do know that what is done is done, and to heal you move forward and take away any blessings you can from a tragedy, such as Carlena's child possibly having a better life or this family reuniting and finding strength as a family unit from this, you find what peace and forgive what you can...But I'm sorry, there are alot of people out there who don't have anybody or a support network, a family support structure, that would never do this to another human being. Some people are stronger for their hardships, some are not blessed with strong coping skills, some sink, some swim, but don't confuse victims with monsters. There is personal accountabilty, there are choices we make. Everyday. For the years he was with them, every single day they had a choice, and if caring for him was too much for them...? Every. Day. They had a choice. All that said, my memory of that young man was as a baby, a smiling happy baby. My most vivid memory is, I went downstairs late one night, early morning, with his uncle, Jim was maybe six to nine months old, and the front door was open while he slept near it. It was very cold that night. He was alone and had no blanket. His mother and father were not there. His brother and sister (Carlena) were not there, but no one had told us they were leaving or that the baby would be there alone. So I felt him and his body was cold and I told his uncle to get him a blanket and we covered him and shut the door. And that memory will always be in my mind, as it suggests to me, what kind of life he and his siblings might have lived, and gives me a haunting sorrow... I do remember Carlena as a little girl with brown curls...and this also brings me sorrow to recall.  But again, understand that while the impact and influence of one's past is with us,it does not justify cruel actions one makes in their present. A man suffered here. He suffered.      

Peacebwithu
Peacebwithu

Carlena, my heart weighs heavy as I think of what could have brought you to this. No one truly knows you and though everyone is sickened by the crime that has been committed...I can't help but feel sorry for you and worried about Hannah and what is in store for her. You truly had no one...everyone is wishing the worst for you and though I am too sickened and shock about the loss of Jim I know Godis testing us and I will never understand his reasons but I will not become one of the angry people. It is not for me to judge. Jim is in our lords kingdom and is no longer in pain I don't know much about heaven but I know I do know that it must be a wonderful place to be where there is no pain, no hate and no memory of a tortured life. This is why I see this as a test. If god can take you home and leave everyone on earth to grieve the loss of one of his children sad as it is how he got to heaven God is now seeing how brotherly love is showed. God has a plan...  Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.  My niece, and all of you out there ready to throw the 1st stone.... are you truly ready to believe ALL.... that the police report... and the newspaper reports...since when!!! There is more to this, or less then they report!!!! yes it is horrible the way Jim left us, a young life slowly fading away, and none of us saw it, or knew,,, and...That another young life was also slowly fading away, We are what we are taught,... You who are pointing the finger... remember 3 fingers are pointing back at you... In remeberance of Jim, let us all try to be a little more aware of the people who may be hurting around us, may we take a little more time to listen, to look and observe, and maybe think twice not everything is the way it seems.I went to the house and seen with my eyes, the NEWS blow up everything. They didn't mention that there were pets in the house the feces was that of a cat there was no bolt on the 2 X 4 room there were scratches on the lower part of the door from the puppy. There were bolts on ALL 3 ROOM S that locked from the outside and there was a LATCH on the inside! the straps were there for the new puppy they had, the restraints were hanging on a closet rack which if lifted could have slipped right off!  There is still abuse as far as how Jim died but abuse was also done to him as a child Carlena isn't the only one to blame. Please keep in mind we are all human good or bad and never be so quick to judge Love conquers all!  

Peacebwithu
Peacebwithu

Carlena, my heart weighs heavy as I think of what could have brought you to this. No one truly knows you and though everyone is sickened by the crime that has been committed...I can't help but feel sorry for you and worried about Hannah and what is in store for her. You truly had no one...everyone is wishing the worst for you and though I am too sickened and shock about the loss of Jim I know Godis testing us and I will never understand his reasons but I will not become one of the angry people. It is not for me to judge. Jim is in our lords kingdom and is no longer in pain I don't know much about heaven but I know I do know that it must be a wonderful place to be where there is no pain, no hate and no memory of a tortured life. This is why I see this as a test. If god can take you home and leave everyone on earth to grieve the loss of one of his children sad as it is how he got to heaven God is now seeing how brotherly love is showed. God has a plan...  Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.  My niece, and all of you out there ready to throw the 1st stone.... are you truly ready to believe ALL.... that the police report... and the newspaper reports...since when!!! There is more to this, or less then they report!!!! yes it is horrible the way Jim left us, a young life slowly fading away, and none of us saw it, or knew,,, and...That another young life was also slowly fading away, We are what we are taught,... You who are pointing the finger... remember 3 fingers are pointing back at you... In remeberance of Jim, let us all try to be a little more aware of the people who may be hurting around us, may we take a little more time to listen, to look and observe, and maybe think twice not everything is the way it seems. I went to the house and seen with my eyes, the NEWS blow up everything. They didn't mention that there were pets in the house the feces was that of a cat there was no bolt on the 2 X 4 room there were scratches on the lower part of the door from the puppy. There were bolts on ALL 3 ROOM S that locked from the outside and there was a LATCH on the inside! the straps were there for the new puppy they had, the restraints were hanging on a closet rack which if lifted could have slipped right off!  There is still abuse as far as how Jim died but abuse was also done to him as a child Carlena isn't the only one to blame. Please keep in mind we are all human good or bad and never be so quick to judge Love conquers all!  

Shadow_raistlen
Shadow_raistlen

I'm his cousin and I never got to meet him because I barely found my family from my dad's side. Grandma Ro would tell me stories about him. Being a caregiver to my Nana, I know what it's like, so to leave him like that is heartless. You have to be cold hearted to get the injuries like he did. My Grandma is taking it hard because she wanted to get him away. I agree that they should live so they can wake up everyday to bars. To being trapped like he did.

Alan11350
Alan11350

These sickies should be burned to death using gasoline and acid

sarah518
sarah518

I was at the er room when he was brought into the hospital these two were uncaring and not worried about their family member in that state of being it was very weird. You could sense something was wrong because who doesn't call an ambulance in an emergency where a loved one is unconscious. This pisses me off seeing them act in away that was just wrong. Then finding out this was going on to a person that was rolled right past you barely alive.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

The non existent care for the mentally ill in this country forces them into homes of people like this who don't want to take care of them.    So, they take it out on the him and their true side came out.     Billions of dollars to fight wars against countries who don't want to be subjugated to the Empire but zero dollars for people who need to be cared for in a professional facility.    Pure evil runs this world.

Just
Just


This is just heart breaking, and, sadly, it seems to happen all the time and
where is the state and people to protect the victims?? Oh yeah, according the
nitwits that run this backwater, there are no 'funds' for the vulnerable
citizens, and, they are just as guilty as these two creeps.

Put these two vile creatures in the desert covered in honey naked and leave
them chained to the ground from July to September.

Paul G.
Paul G.

They need to send these two to San Quentin so they can experience a nice pounding. Most likely in the showers.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Alcatraz is better.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

 That place has been closed for what? Half a century now? Anyone sentenced there can easily escape. I would say Guantanamo Bay, but it looks like Obama is planning to shut that one down too.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

First the people who abused a 4 year old to death, then the 19 year old whose child was left on the roof of her car and later found in the middle of a busy intersection, and now these two miscreants.

I sure hope the MontyPug includes capital murder charges and seeks the needle. These two animals deserve nothing less.

Amy largo
Amy largo

The death penalty is (To me, letting them get away with it) its too humane for them. James (The one they killed) is my brother in law. They need to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Trust me, they'll get whats coming to them. They deserve to live with this for the rest of their lives. Joshua and Carlena Pinkerton took him from us and they told him lies and brainwashed him, they were able to do so because he was mentally disabled and in his mind he was a vulnerable child. They scared him so much :'( when we would try to take him he would say "No I'm not going anywhere I'm happy here" Then they went into hiding for a over a year.

DayMan
DayMan

It's so sad how people can treat each other so cruelly, and even more sickening to do so to ones family and someone so defenseless. 
The needle isn't even justice for what they did. They left this man in his own urine and feces and more than likely made his drink and eat it. As his kidneys couldn't process the toxins that kept re-entering his body, coupled with physical abuse. These people are monsters. 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

If there is a hell, these two will be in there for the rest of time. Monster doesn't even describe these two. No one single word can.

Anti-Authoritarian
Anti-Authoritarian

Oh, yes, there is a word to describe them. Calling them "monsters" does nothing but reduce them to Other, and brings us down to their level, ultimately. Nay, in all it's horror and glory, these two were nothing more than what we all are: Human. Accept it, because unfortunately, it's the truth. http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/

Bnbk
Bnbk

I'm so sick of all these F-cked up people abusing all these defenseless adults and children. I agree,Montgomery needs to go for the max sentence possible and no plea bargain,maybe then these types of assholes will think twice before commiting these crimes. How I wish that I could be on the jury that hears this case(any one of these recent cases, for that matter). I would love to find scum like these people guilty.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

 Let's just hope if that arpaio poodle-boy: Bill Montgomery will keep his tough posture on these latest callous crimes, as he was in Ame Deal's case.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

As would I. and I agree that MontyPug should refuse to plea bargain any of these cases.

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