Autopsies scheduled on bodies of 2 siblings found in freezer

DETROIT (AP) — Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found frozen in a deep freezer in their east side Detroit apartment by court officers handling the family’s eviction.

Wayne County medical examiner’s office spokesman Ryan Bridges says Wednesday morning that the autopsies on the 14-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy will be performed Thursday unless they still are frozen.

Bridges says if that’s the case, the autopsies will be delayed until the bodies have thawed.

The children’s 35-year-old mother was arrested Tuesday after the bodies were discovered in the Martin Luther King Apartments.

Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday that homicide investigators are preparing their case to present to prosecutors.

The woman’s two other children — ages 11 and 17 — have been placed in protective custody.

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Autopsies will be performed Thursday on a Detroit brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their home, unless the bodies are still frozen.

The bodies of the 14-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother must thaw before the autopsies can be done, said Ryan Bridges, a spokesman for the Wayne County medical examiner’s office.

Court officers found the bodies Tuesday while serving an eviction notice on the family’s home in an apartment complex near downtown Detroit. Police arrested the children’s 36-year-old mother on undisclosed preliminary charges hours later. A prosecutor’s office spokeswoman said police hadn’t yet forwarded the case for consideration of formal charges.

Authorities haven’t released the mother’s name. Her two other children, ages 11 and 17, had been living at the home and were placed in protective custody.

Neighbors said they hadn’t seen the dead children in about a year. None of the four children was enrolled in Detroit schools, and friends said their mother was home-schooling them.

The woman has lived in the complex at least 10 years. She was unemployed and having money troubles, and she had gotten behind on her rent. Neighbors said they knew about the impending eviction.

Court records show a judgment filed last month against the woman for $2,206 owed to the complex.

Police said they didn’t know if the woman had retained an attorney yet.

 

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