Decaying body of boy, 3, found in freezer; mother arrested
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (Gray News) - A woman has been charged in the death of her 3-year-old son after police found the boy’s decomposing body in a basement freezer in the family’s westside Detroit home.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Sunday that 31-year-old Azuradee France is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse and torture and concealing the death of an individual. She had an arraignment Sunday and was remanded to jail.
Toni Haynes, who identified herself as the victim’s grandmother, told The Detroit News his name was Chase Allen and that he was blind.
She said she and other family members had called Child Protective Services “dozens of times.”
Police Chief James White told reporters that officers and members of Child Protective Services discovered the body Friday morning during a welfare check at the house where five other children lived. It isn’t clear how or when the boy died or how long his body had been in the freezer.
White did not describe the state of decomposition. An autopsy will attempt to determine the manner and cause of the boy’s death.
White described living conditions inside the home as “poor.”
Haynes set up a GoFundMe to raise money for Chase’s funeral and for necessities for his siblings, who she said are between the ages of 3 months and 9 years.
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