The decomposing body of a Michigan 3-year-old boy was discovered in a freezer, and the toddler’s mother is now under arrest for his murder, authorities said.
On the morning of June 24, police in Detroit made the grisly discovery after performing a wellbeing check at the home of 31-year-old Azuradee France, WJBK
Family claimed Child Protective Services were called to France’s home at least a dozen times this year but were never allowed inside, according to the station.
“God knows how I’m feeling, I know Chase is in a better place but still don’t make me stop crying,” said Zy’ar Anderson, the victim’s cousin.
Lynette Hardy, one of France’s neighbors who said she used to help take care of the child, told WDIV-TV the toddler disappeared on Jan. 5.
According to Hardy, she was told the child had gone from Michigan to Alabama to stay with an aunt and uncle.
France was arraigned on multiple counts in connection to her son’s death, including murder, torture, child abuse, and concealing the death of an individual, prosecutors said.
She is being held without bail.
Police have not released further details about the alleged homicide, including a possible motive.
“The alleged facts in this case have astounded even the seriously jaded. Our children continue to be at risk — not just from gun violence but also from the alleged murderer that lives in the house with them,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said.
According to a GoFundMe set up by Chase’s grandmother, France was also the mother to five other children — two girls, ages 3 months and 9, and three boys, ages 2, 4 and 7.