According to police investigating the case, a woman from Florida allegedly kept her dead mother’s body on ice for weeks so she could keep cashing the elderly woman’s disability checks.
Sebastian Police Department officers made the discovery during a welfare check on April 28 and found 93-year-old Marie Hoskins dead inside a chest freezer in Sebastian, Florida.
Sebastian police said in a Facebook post.
“On April 28, 2022, officers located 93-year-old, Marie Hoskins, deceased inside a chest freezer after a welfare check at 107 Paddock Street, Sebastian Florida.”
64-year-old Michele Hoskins, the daughter, was questioned by police and admitted to finding her mother dead in a bedroom. She then allegedly bought a deep freezer to store the body, according to police. She was then arrested and charged with failing to report her mother’s death.
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Here’s what Detective Kenneth McDonough said:
“(Michelle Hoskins) found her mother deceased in her bed and decided not to contact authorities so that she could continue to receive Social Security disability benefits that she would not be afforded if it was known that her mother was deceased.”
The department said an investigation showed the woman died of natural causes and that she was dead for two weeks before her body was put in the freezer. Investigators searching the property found a heavily stained mattress hidden in thick brush and covered with cut palm leaves, police said.
Also, the investigators found that Hoskins purchased the freezer on April 21, and she said: “it took (her) three to five days to get her mother’s body to the freezer in the garage.”
The woman was being held in the Indian River County jail on a $10,000 bond. Online jail records didn’t list a lawyer for her.
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