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A Texas woman forced her daughter to live for several weeks in an apartment with the decomposing body from her father, for which she was arrested.
Following her arrest, Susan Que Smith was charged with one count of intentional or reckless endangerment of a child and tampering with physical evidence/failure to report human remains, Wichita Falls NBC affiliate KFDX-TV reported.
On December 1, officers from the Electra Police Department responded to the Electra Village Apartments located on South Prairie Circle, after an animal control officer will report a strong stench coming from one of the apartments.
The animal control officer, who had responded to a report of a dog barking incessantly at the compound, noticed that an open window in the smelly unit was full of flies.
The lifeguards knocked on the door of the aforementioned residence, but having no answer and noticing the disgusting smell, they entered the place where they found the “decomposing body of a man” in the hallway.
According to the affidavit, the rotting corpse had several blankets and garbage bags on it.
Smith arrived at the apartment with her 11-year-old daughter while police were still on the scene and began questioning authorities as to why they were there.
When asked about the decomposed corpse, the woman identified the man as Michael West, who was the father of her daughter, reported KIRO-TV.
Smith reportedly told officers that the man had been dead approximately three or four weeks and that she decided not to report the death for fear that she and her daughter would be evicted. West’s cause of death is not known as it was not included in the affidavit to police.
But the decomposed body was not the only thing wrong with the apartment, which police described as “uninhabitable,” as it was also they found buckets full of human waste scattered throughout the residence.
Smith reportedly told police that she and her daughter they had been using the buckets instead of the toilets because there was no running water in the house. In addition, the officers also noticed that there was rotten food and garbage everywhere.
Due to the above, the apartment was deemed an immediate health risk to Smith’s daughter, for which she was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation and after receiving treatment for multiple infected sores and insect bites, she was taken into the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS), reported KFDX.
According to online jail records, Smith was booked into the Wichita County Jail on $7,500 bond.
The records show that Smith had previous problems with the law, in 2002 she was arrested on robbery charges and in 2019 for allegedly driving without a license.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.