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Evans Woman Lives with Mother’s Dead Body

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Columbia County authorities have charged an Evans woman with concealing the death of her 79-year-old mother and living with her decaying body in the victim’s mobile home in Harlem.

Denise Chinnery, 45, was found with her dead mother on Sunday after the suspect’s sister went to the Harlem residence of 79-year-old Catherine Simmons, according to a sheriff’s report.

The sister called the sheriff’s office and said she could smell a strong odor of a decaying body coming from inside the trailer at 6060 Mahala Lane, but Chinnery would not let her in to check on their mother. A male witness helped them force open the door and they “observed Ms. Simmons’ body sitting in a chair in the living room and a strong odor of a decaying body,” a report says.

A deputy had to grab Chinnery from behind the door and pull her outside to arrest her. The coroner’s office was notified, but it wasn’t immediately clear how long the woman had been dead.

Chinnery was charged with concealing a death and cruelty to an elderly person. She’s being held under a $15,200 bond.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

12 COMMENTS

  1. wow .. I have tried to think of reasons why this woman wouldn’t dial 911 when she saw her mom was dying I can’t think of anything !!!Maybe she had died and she wasn’t aware but then when she found out Dang GIRL dial -911 ..you are in there with a decaying body Dial 911 !! I am sorry but I don’t understand this one at all ..unless there was a reason you didn’t want police or help there ..hmmm ..

  2. “Mother, she’s just a stranger”! As if men don’t desire strangers! As if… ohh, I refuse to speak of disgusting things, because they disgust me! You understand, boy? Go on, go tell her she’ll not be appeasing her ugly appetite with MY food… or my son! Or do I have tell her because you don’t have the guts! Huh, boy? You have the guts, boy?

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