Son arrested in neglect death of mother

Osmond Ignatius Winston
Osmond Ignatius Winston

A man who was wanted by law enforcement authorities in the US for the neglect death of his mother has turned himself in and was arrested by the police.

Media reports indicate that Osmond Ignatius Winston was booked last week into Hillsborough County Jail on one charge of aggravated manslaughter in the death of his mother, who was originally from Dominica.

He is the fourth member of the family who was arrested  and charged in what authorities called one of the worst cases of elderly neglect ever reported in the Tampa, Florida area.

Mary Hildreth Winston died in October 2012 and according to officials she was confined to the bed for three years with rheumatoid arthritis, and her bed sores were so severe that her rib cage was exposed.

Mary Winston
Mary Hildreth Winston

Maggots were found inside and outside her body, and her legs had fused together.

The neglect was so bad that authorities ruled her death a homicide.

Last month her husband Montgomery Winston, 68, and daughters Belinda and Hyacinth were arrested on manslaughter charges.

Mary Winston, originally from Roseau, worked as a nurse in Dominica before migrating to the US.

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  1. July 15, 2013

    I knew the family very well because I taught Cynthie at the St.Martin’s primary school when her class teacher was sick. Her mom had always put her children first before herself. Her husband Monty used to work at the Esso gas station near the bridge at potters ville and the mother Hildred was a nurse at the clinic in Roseau. The family used to live in their home at Madrelle,in Loubriere before leaving to go to the States. They were respectful people and I do not know what caused them to do such a cowardly act. May her soul R.I.P and lets pray for her family in jail.

  2. davo
    July 12, 2013

    DNO what happen to my comment

  3. phil me
    July 12, 2013

    send all of them back to D/ca Magway sah!!!!!

  4. Winston
    July 10, 2013

    Typical Dominicans to jump to all sorts of conclusions when they have no details. I do not condone what they did, however there was NO money involved. for all the people claiming the children collected the lady’s money. you all need to get facts straight. The woman was sick,they did not get medical attention simply because they were uncertain of what to do, and what to expect due to many circumstances.
    So stop cast judgement on anyone, and just let the family deal with their problem. Majority of you would have done the same damn thing or even worse.People right here in Dominica do alot worse than what they did. So in as much as considering them criminals, watch in y’all backyard/closet first. There’s murder, abortion, incest, robbery etc going on with some of you in various communities. Let it rest man :-x

    • phil me
      July 12, 2013

      hell no! the cops should come get you as well Magway sah!!!!!

  5. Anonymous
    July 10, 2013

    Very sad story

  6. a concern dominican
    July 10, 2013

    you all should get the really story befor jumping to conclusion.we all dominican enjoy judging people god help you all,

    am on my way to see my friend belinda winston in tampa now great god bless her

  7. Air Gas
    July 9, 2013

    Boy when one stray from “Old School” Love;
    That’s the American style(at least for some of them)abandon you, when you get old.
    they forgot the love she gave them.
    They too busy making money,
    They have no time for mummy
    Now their lives will never be the same,
    What a shame!!

  8. Anonymous
    July 9, 2013

    justice done

  9. skewo friend
    July 9, 2013

    dominicans never change always quick to judge omg let justice take its course n then

    • Me Camem
      July 10, 2013

      Hope you are not suggesting that the treatment and death of this woman was justified and as a result, these people (Her Family?????) who did what they did to her should be justified and therefore deserve justice.

  10. Nursing Assistance
    July 9, 2013

    well they all enjoyed the money while they left her to die but if they were smart thats where there sauce of income came from its not like dominica where u are left with all the bills in the us the state pay big money for nursing homes assistance living group homes to take care of the sick an less fortunate they enjoyed the money so now they have to pay

  11. Jacqueline
    July 9, 2013

    Oh Ossie I remembered you to be such a good person. What happened? Where did you go wrong my friend?

  12. Madness
    July 9, 2013

    If you sir have a wife or girlfriend she better run before its too late, also your sisters if they have husbands do the same. Couwi couwi :cry:

  13. birdy1964
    July 9, 2013

    Not my dog ruff. and puss puss,I will ever let them suffer so. they are my pets, which i love dearly. Oh my that your mother, wife, Why why. SHAME on you all you all are not Dominicans. May you all rotten alive.

    • Me Camem
      July 10, 2013

      And in hell too. Amen :twisted:

    July 9, 2013

    You know what hurts me, this woman was a nurse. She spent her time caring for people and providing for her family. When sickness comes her way she is abandoned by the very people she cared for. This woman was a nurse! There are so many resources available to help her starting with the Dominica Nurses Association. Why didn’t these monsters ask for help? There is a Dominica/Florida Nurses Association for crying out loud!!

    July 9, 2013

    If this had happened in Dominica, this would have been treated as a natural death rather than manslaughter caused by neglect and the family members would have escaped. In the USA, there are laws and the authorities enforce them. There shall be justice for Nurse Winston.

  16. Anonymous
    July 9, 2013

    Shame on Dominicans! My god the worst case in Tampa History and happened to be from Dominica. This speaks alot about why your country is so corrupted. You have lost all your morals and values. Dominicans were raised to be caring people. What happened!

    • phil me
      July 12, 2013

      what corrupted has to do with this? I can see where you trying to go with this

  17. african queen
    July 9, 2013


  18. von
    July 9, 2013

    :cry: Heart Breaking :!:

  19. Anonymous
    July 9, 2013

    Rip Aunty

  20. Mwen
    July 9, 2013

    Daughters and sons??? Your own mother??? No punishment can fit this crime..SHAME SHAME, DOUBLE SHAME…DISGUST!!!

  21. Simple
    July 9, 2013

    A woman who spent so many years taking care of other people who suffered. This woman was well loved by all in the community of Loubiere. I know so because I am from Loubiere. No mother especially this one should ever go through this kind of ill treatment especially from those she loved. It’s a real sad situation.

  22. The maroon
    July 9, 2013

    Get the facts before jumping to conclusion

    • Toma
      July 10, 2013

      you should shut TFU.

      • Really
        July 10, 2013

        Are you a damn fool or just like the family charged?

    • Star
      February 26, 2018

      The Maroon go to sleep!…actually wake up

  23. Pussinka
    July 9, 2013

    :( :( I never realized that going to America could change people from human to animals; If that is the case Let me stay in Dominica. That would never never never happen in Dominica; Mem si say “Yes we care” would help her if children and husband fed up with her. I feel so ashamed for I know those people.

  24. no name
    July 9, 2013

    That lady was such a nice, quiet lady/nurse when she was back home, what could she have done to her family for them to treat her that way, feel sorry. But again when some people leave D/ca they forget the family values.

  25. July 9, 2013

    there’s nothing in this world a mother could do to deserve that.judgement ah come for you sick people i hope it’s swift and severe

  26. sphinx
    July 9, 2013

    my Jah!i can’t believe some people could treat a wife,mother,this way!these people need to go through some form of help.honestly,they need some kind of help!

  27. Concern citizen
    July 9, 2013

    What a shame her children did not care for her as much a she cared for them. :cry: :cry:

  28. Rastar-Marn
    July 9, 2013

    WAW is that what UNITED STATES influences does do to good Island folks chasing the alleged glamorous lifestyle,,,

    Why go there, Marn rather die peacefully in “Poor Dominica” wi rather dan be exposed to dem kinna sufferings, chasing some infatuated glorious lifestyle,,,

  29. Di Londoner
    July 9, 2013

    I CRIED!

  30. Anonymous
    July 9, 2013

    :-Dno please put the others picture up we should have the right to see all 4 of them in order the father,at the top please
    i cant belive that they did that to there own mother,


  31. Anonymous
    July 9, 2013

    I would not let my dog die like that. no matter what she did in life she did
    not deserved that

  32. painful
    July 9, 2013

    The Heart Is Wicked, who could know it. I don’t know what lead to this disturbing situation, but for God sake, one could not tell the other to help this human being? They were in America. If the felt overwhelmed, why didn’t the call the ambulance. And if they could not take care of her, the Government would provide help for her. This is sad and painful.

    I work with patients, and I cannot help see my patients get a needle prick, much less to leave them in pain and agony. These people have serious problems. The lady pain is gone, because she is dead. But their turn is coming. I hope the get just recompense of reward. Lord protect us. We don’t know who or what family member will turn on us.

  33. July 8, 2013

    What could she have done to them, for them to allow her to die in this manna. She was A nurse one who takes care of others,no one deserve to die like that, not when family members are living with you or around you. shame on the children to allow there mother to go through so much pain before death. May God help them.

  34. Justice and Truth
    July 8, 2013

    She looks like a nice person; an attractive one too. It is heartrending and difficult to comprehend why they allowed her to deteriorate into such a state. This was inhumane treatment of a wife and mother. What a shame!
    How sad that she suffered at their hands and neglect. She was at their mercy and they failed to provide her with the necessities of life and to obtain medical care for her. Consider that she also suffered emotionally. Poor lady! If she were here to relate to us of her overall sufferings, it would be difficult to bear. Visualizing it is enough. Anyway, God took you out of your sufferings and misery. R.I.P.

  35. A Voice
    July 8, 2013

    No no no. Over the past few weeks I have tried to wrap my head around that whole situation there and there is still no excuse for what happened to that poor lady.

    I hope that while she stayed there rotting to death and being eaten alive by maggots, she prayed for her children, man.

    There is never smoke without fire and I am certain that if the authorities dig deeper they will find that much more than just neglect was going down in that house.

    Do you know how defensive guys are of their mothers? This guy should have lifted his mother and brought her to the emergency room. Even that small act would have been a blessing to him. Instead he along with the rest of them, are cursed.

    I hoped that he did get to read his story on DNO before he finally turned himself in. I hope that he relay to his sisters that they will never have peace if and when they ever make it back to Dominica. They will be shunned…

  36. Death penalty
    July 8, 2013

    Honestly I’d kill them! I’m against the death penalty and vigilante justice….but damn…this is the height of wickedness

  37. Do Not edit
    July 8, 2013

    what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,Dominicans again and their embarrassment. They go away and just bring people in the negative spotlight. poor lady lord rest her soul.

  38. karla
    July 8, 2013

    MURDERERS!!! ALL A DEMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! y they all didnt put her in a home or somewhere to get cared for dats so sickening she is now in a safe place but theirs behind- heartless devils-

  39. July 8, 2013

    This story is heartwrenching! :( :( :(

  40. Former Neighbor
    July 8, 2013

    Alah, nurse was beautiful in looks and ways. I cannot accept she suffered so much. Bondie if all you couldn’t take care of her, send her back to meet us. She cared for so many people at PMH, one of us would take care of her. OMG.
    Medical people are generally afraid of hospitals and prefer to stay home but it was beyond them, they should call 911 and let her understand that they could not care for her in that condition. Alah she suffered. What was going through Monty’s mind…..something was definitely wrong.R.I.P. Nurse.

  41. Frabo
    July 8, 2013

    Mother and child Woe-Union. No Mother, how bad, deserves such neglect. But I don’t have any ‘details.’

  42. Anonymous
    July 8, 2013

    Take a good look at the man’s mug shot…that says quite a lot in my opinion.
    Only sick people would do that to another human being, particularly your own flesh and blood/spouse.

  43. loubiere
    July 8, 2013

    good question what did she do to deserve this kind of treatment only five of them and god knows the truth some thing went wrong some where there is more to this story………..

  44. July 8, 2013

    We need complete details from those arrested and charged. Husband, daughter, son, relatives, and friends, as well as neighbors, need to tell the full story.
    What did Mrs. Winton do in her life to be abandoned and neglected to the point of suffering and death? This cannot be!

    • Rastar-Marn
      July 9, 2013

      Complete Details of what!!!

      So you get Details and den what!!!

      The Details is this “wages of sin” dem people was Chasing whatever they was chasing and neglected that Poor woman,,,

      No Soul needs to go through such Horror,,,

    • Tall is her body
      July 9, 2013
    • Devil's Advocate
      July 9, 2013

      My thought exactly!

    • Sopkie
      July 9, 2013

      I am asking the same question,she was such a nice person, so quiet, such a nice smile from what I can remember.I shed a tear whenever I think of her.

  45. k
    July 8, 2013

    oh lord what could she have done to deserve this kind of treatment?
    we suffer to bring them on earth and this is what we get.

  46. no warrant!
    July 8, 2013

    what a damn shame.. hope they jail their for life and throw away the damn key.. despicable

  47. July 8, 2013

    He did a good thing. He turned himself in that’s good thing. What a shame that he and some family members wanted a that. SHAME ON THEM! :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:

  48. Magic me
    July 8, 2013

    Oh lord, its so sad. Wat were they thinking.

  49. Really?
    July 8, 2013

    AH magway sar! What could a mother have possibly done in her life, to her husband and to her children to deserve such cruel treatment?

    Legs fused together… my brain is still trying to comprehend this. That woman suffered. :cry:

    • Reporter SLU
      July 8, 2013

      It really doesn’t matter what wrong she may have done, no one deserves to die like that especially when the suffering comes from your own children

  50. Anonymous
    July 8, 2013


  51. fil
    July 8, 2013

    I hope you all get what you all deserved no human should die this way after being a nurse caring for others.

  52. Etel
    July 8, 2013

    It’s just heartbreaking to read this story again..I hope justice is DULY served on ALL of them. Magway sah!!!!!

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