Woman found dead in car in Wappinger; Florida man arrested

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WAPPINGER – A man has been charged with manslaughter after a woman was found dead in a car on Dorothy Heights on Wednesday, state police said.

David Osterhoudt is accused of failing to help Victoria Barnes, "who was immobile and unable to care for herself, being fully reliant" on Osterhoudt, according to a felony complaint filed in Wappinger Town Court.

Osterhoudt and Barnes were both residents of Sebastian, Florida, according to police, who have not said what the two were doing in Wappinger.

Police said Barnes, 43, had "recently arrived in the town of Wappinger." She was found dead in a car outside a Dorothy Heights home around 2:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Dorothy Heights in Wappinger.
Dorothy Heights in Wappinger.

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According to the complaint, between Tuesday and Wednesday Osterhoudt "failed to seek medical attention for her while being aware of and consciously disregarding the substantial risk of death due to her deteriorating medical state."

Authorities have not commented on Barnes' medical state or why she needed help.

The investigation led to Osterhoudt, 56, being arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter, a felony. Police have not indicated how Osterhoudt and Barnes knew each other or revealed any other circumstances of the death.

Osterhoudt was arraigned in Wappinger Town Court and taken to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, $750,00 bond or $1.5 million partially secured bond. He is due back in court on Aug. 9.

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This article originally appeared on Poughkeepsie Journal: Florida man arrested in woman's death outside Dorothy Heights home