Portage woman charged in mother’s overdose death

A Portage woman has been charged in her 87-year-old mother’s overdose death.

Susan Kubicek was arraigned Tuesday for a second-degree murder charge in the May 5 death of her mother, Dorothy Allen.

Kubicek had been caring for her ailing mother months before she died, said Steve Salik, Kubicek’s brother.

Salik said their mother needed 24-hour care after having her thyroid removed and undergoing 35 radiation treatments, which affected her ability to eat.

He said Kubicek intentionally overdosed Allen on painkillers.

“I’m sorry that she’s gotten herself into this predicament (but) it was inevitable,” he said. “She has some problems.”

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Allen died of an intentional overdose. The department accused Kubicek of giving a caregiver the painkillers to administer to her mother.

Kubicek is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 26. She’s being held without bond.

Kubicek is expected to get a court-appointed lawyer, but court records didn’t show one as of Wednesday morning.  (AP)

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