Donna Sue Hudgins, 69, allegedly lived with her mother’s decomposing body for months because she wanted to look into the stages of death, police said Tuesday.
A North Carolina woman was arrested Tuesday after authorities found they had been living for months with her 93-year-old mother’s decomposing body, because she was “curious” about the stages of death, according to reports.
Donna Sue Hudgins, 69, of Enfield, reported the death of her mother to a funeral home, but said they did not know where the first responders had taken the body, Raleigh’s News & Observer reported. But when the funeral home could not find the body of Nellie May Hudgins, they called the police.
The police Tyree Davis wrote on Facebook that the officers went to Hudgins’ house to perform a welfare check and found Nellie May’s “badly decomposed body”.
An investigation revealed the body was in the house for a few months prior to Hudgins’ told family members about the death of their mother, Davis wrote.
“Every time someone would stop by, [Hudgins] would meet us at the door, say [Nellie May’s] sleep, or something like that.”
– Kenny Velasquez, a family member
“Every time someone would stop by, [Hudgins] would meet us at the door, say [Nellie May’s] asleep or something like that,” Kenny Velasquez, who is separated from Nellie May’s granddaughter, told Raleigh’s WRAL-TV.
Detectives interviewed Hudgins’ and taught them the non-reporting of the death months, because they are ‘curious’ to see the stages of death,” Davis wrote.
“She Is curious about the stages of death,” police said. https://t.co/Z1CTRhJzDG
— The News & Observer (@newsobserver) on September 25, 2018
Although the neighbors said they could smell a smell, they are dismissed as something else.
“I thought maybe a sewer or something,” neighbor Edna Burgess told the Raleigh news station.
Hudgins was charged with the offence of concealment of a death, the Observer reported. She was held on a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Nov. 7.