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Woman charged with concealing mother's death

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

An Enfield woman has been charged with felony concealment of her mother’s death reportedly after keeping the body in their house for several months.

The Enfield Police Department reported Tuesday it arrested Donna Sue Hudgins, 69, on a charge that she concealed the death Nellie Mae Hudgins, who was 93.

The investigation began when Donna Hudgins went to a funeral home to make arrangements for her mother, according to a statement from the department. Hudgins said her mother had died that morning but she was not sure where Emergency Medical Services had taken the body.

An employee with the funeral home called police after efforts to locate the body were unsuccessful, the department reported. Chief Tyree Davis, Officer Jerry Shoemaker and Detective Teo Antunez Jr. went to the residence and made contact with Hudgins. They entered the house to perform a welfare check and discovered the badly decomposed body inside.

Detectives Willie Murphy Jr. and Antunez led the investigation and determined that the body had been in the home for several months before the daughter notified family members of the death, the department reported.

In an interview with detectives, Hudgins reportedly stated that she did not report the death because she was “curious and wanted to see the stages of death,” according to the department’s statement.

Officers consulted with the Halifax County Assistant District Attorney’s Office before filing charges and making an arrest. Hudgins was issued a $5,000 bond by Magistrate Christopher Kidd. Her first court date is scheduled for Nov. 7.

It’s unclear from police when the death was discovered and when Hudgins was arrested. The statement posted on the department Facebook page did not include that information and the department would not comment further.

An obituary listed the date of death as Sept. 7. Funeral services were held Sept. 11.

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