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Man waives hearing in death of 400-pound wife

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Michael Brooks, seen here in court on Nov. 8, 2012. Michael Brooks, seen here in court on Nov. 8, 2012.

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) -- The husband of a 400-pound Michigan woman has waived a court hearing on an abuse charge in her death.

Authorities say 37-year-old Michael Brooks ignored Yolanda Reese-Brooks and let her fester in a bed surrounded by her own waste. The 40-year-old Warren woman died of morbid obesity and other injuries last month.

The Macomb County prosecutor's office says Brooks was his wife's primary caretaker after she sustained a crushed pelvis and ruptured bladder in a 2011 auto wreck. She was extracted from their apartment by an emergency crew wearing protective gear.

Brooks is charged with second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Brooks waived his Circuit Court arraignment Monday, and a judge in Mount Clemens set his next court date for Dec. 17.

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