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Patricia Pitre owned and operated the Pitre Special Care Home near Bathurst, while her daughter, Karen Pitre, was a care provider at the facility. (CBC)

A senior citizen who died in 2010 was totally dependent on staff at the special care home near Bathurst where he resided, a jury was told on Wednesday.

Joseph Harvey Henry, 74, had mental and physical illnesses, Crown prosecutor Melanie LeBlanc said during opening remarks at the trial of Patricia Pitre and her daughter, Karen Pitre.

Henry had been a resident at the Pitre Special Care Home for 29 years and had "no one to look out for him," LeBlanc said.

He died at the Chaleur Regional Hospital on Nov. 4, 2010. He had five bed sores at the time, the courtroom heard as Patricia Pitre wiped her eyes with a Kleenex.

The Pitres, of Pabineau Falls, are both charged with criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life in connection with Henry's death.

Patricia Pitre was the owner and operator of the home, while her daughter was a care provider at the facility.

Their Court of Queen's Bench trial started in Bathurst on Wednesday morning, after 12 jurors and two alternates were selected on Tuesday.

One of the jurors was excused from duty by Justice Réginald Léger following the lunch break. The reason cannot be reported, because it was discussed in the absence of the jury.

The Crown plans to call 34 witnesses, including social workers, police officers, and hospital staff who were working when Henry was transported to the emergency room by ambulance.

The trial is expected to last four weeks.

Other patients of the privately run special care home were removed a few days after Henry's death.