NEWARK, N.J. -- (WPIX) -- A New Jersey grandmother has died after the electricity company cut power to her house, despite her paying $500 to her account only days before.
Desiree Washington says her 68-year-old mother Linda Daniels relied on an electric-powered oxygen tank to breathe, and she died of heart failure on July 5, hours after Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G) turned off the electricity at her Newark home.
Washington said the temperature in her mother’s Shephard Avenue home likely rose to well over 100 degrees the day the power was turned off and it aggravated her mother’s heart condition.
Washington said $500 was paid to the company two days before, and her family had notified the company of her mother’s medical issues.
PSE&G said they cut off power because of a lack of payments over several months.
The company said they were unaware of Daniels’ medical needs, and they are reviewing their records.
Newark Police are investigating.