Care-giver charged in Fruitland woman’s death

Maryland State Police have charged a Wicomico County woman in connection with the death of a woman for whom she was caring.

Becky A. Long, 44, of Morris Street in Fruitland with with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, manslaughter, first-degree abuse of vulnerable adult and second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Troopers said Long was being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

Police said the victim is Mary E. Bonniwell, 56, of the same Morris Street address.

Bonniwell’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy was completed by the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

State police said that in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 16, Fruitland Police received a call from someone who reported an unattended death.  After arriving on scene, officers summoned the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit to assume the lead on the investigation because the death appeared suspicious.

Investigators with the assistance of members of the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation secured the scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates Long and Bonniwell lived at the same residence, police said. Long was the caregiver Bonniwell for over a year. Police said the autopsy indicated multiple injuries causing the death to be ruled a homicide.

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