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PD: Phoenix man caring for 21-year-old daughter arrested after her death in 2018

Posted at 12:35 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 08:00:58-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police say a man was arrested Friday after the death of his 21-year-old daughter last year.

Richard Comer, 46, took his daughter Vanessa to the hospital in a "severe state of malnutrition and dehydration" after she was found unresponsive on July 7, 2018, police say.

Comer was his daughter's caretaker after she was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. She was completely dependent on her father for care, nutrition and transportation to doctor's visits, police say.

He reportedly "failed to provide any such care" until he took her to the hospital after she was found unresponsive at their home that day.

The medical examiner determined Vanessa's death was a homicide and Comer was arrested Friday.

Two malnourished and dehydrated dogs were found inside the home during the investigation.

Comer was booked into jail on charges of second-degree murder, vulnerable adult abuse and animal abuse.