AN inquest for a Barnsley woman who died at a care home with bed sores so severe her spine bone was exposed has been postponed pending a police investigation.

A verdict was due to be given at Sheffield Medico-Legal Centre on October 29 following the death of Jean Turner, 67, at Highgrove care home, Stairfoot, in November 2010.

However, this has now been postponed pending the conclusion of an investigation into whether Mrs Turner died as a result of neglect at the home.

The inquest had previously been adjourned for records which had not been submitted at the beginning of the hearing to be presented.

Mrs Turner died of pneumonia at Barnsley Hospital, having developed grade five bed sores while at the care home, which were so severe one at the base of her spine exposed bone.

There were also sores on the back of her heels.

Medical records showed the sores had become infected, though a pathologist at the inquest said she could not be certain whether this would have made her more susceptible to pneumonia.

A contributory factor into Mrs Turner's death was a genetic muscle wasting disease which also caused her to suffer from a type of dementia affecting rational behaviour.