A Hephzibah mom and her daughter have been arrested after authorities discovered they were living with the dead body of the mother’s son, authorities said.
Angela Mercer, 43 (left), and Deaidra Motley, 18, are accused of living and functioning daily from the residence with the body of 22-year-old Robin Adams. The victim is Mercer’s son and Motley’s brother, and he had been dead long enough that his body began to “mummify,” sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier Jr. said in a press release.
The family was apparently living at the home at 4279 James Drive in Hephzibah when Adams died. “Adams suffers from a host of medical conditions which cause him to function as an invalid with the mental capacity of an infant,” Sgt. Carrier said. He used a wheelchair, according to neighbors.
The two women were reportedly living in the home with the maggot-covered body until Mercer was jailed Thursday on a traffic charges and an outstanding warrant. Motley was jailed Friday night.
Motley and Mercer are currently being held at the Richmond County Jail for the charge of concealing the death of a person. An autopsy of Adams’ body will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab and additional charges could be forthcoming, Sgt. Carrier said.