Woman found living with mum's rotting corpse in apartment

Woman found living with mum's rotting corpse in apartment
Published: 2014 December 07 05:27:15 (7549 Views)
Police in the US are investigating the death of a woman after her decomposing corpse was found in her daughter's apartment

An overwhelming stench, and a bloody leak into the apartment below, apparently led police to discover a 31-year-old Bronx woman living with her mother's rotting corpse Saturday.

A neighbour called the cops about 1 a.m. to complain about a leak from his ceiling on Decatur Ave. near E. 199th St. in Bedford Park, just a couple of blocks from Fordham University and the New York Botanical Garden.

"It was bloody," Francisco Vargas, 43, said of the leak into his fourth-floor living room. Cops knocked on the door of the top-floor apartment above his, but nobody answered.

The building's alarmed super, Raul Sanchez, 48, went up the fire escape and saw the dead woman's daughter inside the apartment.

When cops prepared to take down the door, the daughter suddenly opened it and darted out, witnesses said.

Inside her home, police found her 64-year-old mother's badly decomposed body surrounded by fans, apparently put there in an effort to reduce the stench, police sources said.



There were no obvious signs of trauma, and investigators have not determined if the victim died from foul play, an accident or natural causes, police said.

Cops took the daughter into custody for questioning. She wasn't immediately charged. The city medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how the mum died.

Sources said she appears to have been dead for about two weeks. Police didn't release the names of the mother or daughter.

The dead woman had lived in the apartment for three decades and raised her daughter there, neighbours said. "For 30 years, she's been peaceful and quiet," said Zune Masa, 36.

Other neighbours described her as a recluse who refused to let anyone in her home. "She didn't talk to nobody — she's always been like that," said Mike Bradley, 54.

Bradley last saw her about two weeks ago and says she appeared ill. "She looked gray," he said.

Not long after, Bradley started smelling the stench. He burned incense in the halls to combat the odour.



Source - NYDN

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