Details emerge in Degner case

Berwyn, IL

A 12-year-old autistic girl also was found in the home of Lydia Price, a Berwyn woman who is facing felony charges that she caused the death of her 14-year-old son, Matthew Degner, due to neglect.

Degner also was mentally disabled, multiple sources confirmed.

Although Price faces felony charges of criminal neglect to a disabled child resulting in death and criminal neglect of a disabled child not resulting in death, both charges are related to Matthew's death, a spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office said.

MacNeal Hospital spokeswoman Carrie Brethauer also has confirmed that all members of Degner's family have been released from the hospital. Berwyn Police Cmdr. James Sassetti said Degner's 77-year-old grandmother was never actually admitted to the hospital.

There are plans to demolish the house that Price and Matthew lived in in the 2800 block of Lombard Avenue after the investigation is finished, officials said.

Degner's death has shocked the Berwyn community and even made international news. Degner was found dead in Price's house in incredibly squalid conditions. The house was overrun with more than 200 animals, and no working toilets were found inside.