Deputies: Fam­ily abused rel­a­tive who suf­fo­cated

Of­fi­cials: Woman with dis­abil­ity was tied up daily

Orlando Sentinel - - Local & State - By Grace Toohey

Three fam­ily mem­bers were ar­rested Mon­day af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the abuse and killing of their 27-year-old rel­a­tive, who died be­cause she was bound and even­tu­ally suf­fo­cated, of­fi­cials said.

Nel­lie Am­bert, 55, col­lected about $700 a month to care for her niece Gla­dys Am­bert, was deaf, mute, in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled and had cere­bral palsy, but in­stead tied her up ev­ery day, forc­ing her to uri­nate and defe­cate on her­self, ac­cord­ing to Or­ange County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice Detective Sgt. Joe Covelli.

Nel­lie Am­bert, along with her daugh­ter Jas­mine Am­bert, 32, and son Chris­tian Ma­tias, 18, ini­tially alerted au­thor­i­ties that Gla­dys Am­bert was miss­ing April 7, claim­ing the 27-year-old woman had run away from home, Covelli said.

An hours-long OCSO search didn’t find her Gla­dys, but a se­cu­rity guard later found her body about 20 feet off Va­len­cia Col­lege Lane, not far from the fam­ily’s apart­ment, Covelli said.

She was dead, cov­ered in a blan­ket, and her body showed many marks that ap­peared to be from cords or rope tied around her, in­clud­ing on her ab­domen, wrist and el­bows, Covelli said.

An au­topsy deter­mined that she Gla­dys had died of “as­phyxia by re­straint com­pres­sion to the ab­domen,” the ar­rest war­rant said, mean­ing she suf­fo­cated from be­ing tied up.

She also had a cut on her lip and


Chris­tian Ma­tias, 18, Jas­mine Am­bert, 32, and Nel­lie Am­bert, 55, were ar­rested af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of their fam­ily mem­ber, Gla­dys Am­bert, who had an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity and cere­bral palsy.

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