After authorities discovered the body of the mother’s 3-year-old son in a freezer in the basement, she was charged with a number of crimes, including murder. The discovery was revealed after authorities conducted a wellness check at Azuradee France’s residence, according to The Detroit News.
France, who was in court on Friday, is still being held. The mother, 31, was charged with felony murder, first-degree child abuse, torture, and obstructing an investigation into a death.
The 3-year-old was named Chase Allen, according to Toni Haynes, the grandmother of the deceased kid. She added that the kid was blind.
“The alleged facts, in this case, have astounded even the seriously jaded,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement on Sunday. “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.”
A wellness check on a kid was to be conducted at France’s residence on Friday afternoon, according to Detroit police and a state child advocate. But as soon as she opened the door, the suspect started acting oddly. After asking for a supervisor, the officers and the advocate eventually entered the house.
The decaying bones of the kid were discovered in a freezer, along with five children who were in a filthy condition, according to investigators. The victim’s death was classified as a homicide by the medical examiner.
The moment Chase’s mother informed Haynes that the child had suffered a burn injury after touching a plate of noodles, Haynes said she began to have a bad feeling. She stated that after that, she contacted Child Protective Services.
“I called CPS on her. A lot of us called, and they’d come out and give her kids right back to her,” Haynes said.
Haynes added that state representatives frequently visited the house of her daughter. However, she said that France had informed her that Chase was staying with his paternal grandfather’s girlfriend.
“But then (the grandfather) got out of jail and he told me Chase wasn’t living with his girlfriend,” Haynes recalled, adding that family members ultimately confronted France some two weeks ago. They also got in touch with Child Protective Services.
Since then, Haynes has created a GoFundMe page to help gather money for Chase’s funeral as well as to assist with buying clothes and other goods for the child’s siblings.