Mum cuts up dead son, dumps body parts

SINGAPORE - A registered nurse in south-eastern Michigan, US, dismembered her 32-yearold son's body and dumped the parts along roads in several areas.

Donna Scrivo, 59, was charged with the dismemberment, disinterment and mutilation of the body of her dead son, Mr Ramsay Scrivo, and the unlawful removal of the body, St Clair Shores Interim police chief Todd Woodcox said.

"These charges that were brought are not the end of the case. We are still working diligently on a murder investigation at this time," Mr Woodcox said.

She is being held on a US$100,000 (S$126,000) bail, Reuters reported.

The police found garbage bags containing body parts on Thursday after a resident spotted them strewn along two roads in China Township, a small community north-east of Detroit, a city in Michigan.

Authorities also found body parts nearby that were not in bags as well as a bag full of clothes and charred paperwork on a highway.

The police are still searching for one more limb, the Mail Online reported.

Surveillance footage shows that the mother was in the area around the time the bags were reported.

Another witness reported seeing her carrying black plastic bags out of the condominium unit she shared with her son.

She had been staying with him ever since her home suffered fire damage late last year and was being repaired.

Her husband Thomas Odren was shocked by the killing. He told local daily Lansing State Journal: "It just seems so out of character. That's what makes this so hard to process.

"She had such a good relationship with him. I would never expect anyone to (dismember their child). We're anxious to find out what happened."

A police search of the house and Scrivo's car turned up blood stains belonging to Mr Ramsay.

There was also signs of bleach being used in the house, the police said. They also said they had contact with the mother and the son in the past over family trouble.

The Detroit Free Press reported that last year a probate court had given her permission to care for Mr Ramsay, who was suicidal and suffered from paranoia and delusional thoughts.

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