A Texas woman was arrested on Thursday after it was discovered that she and her daughter had been living with her mother’s dead body for three years.
Delissa Crayton, 47, was arrested after the decomposed “skeletal remains” believed to belong to her mother, Jacqueline Louise Crayton, were discovered on Sunday at her home in Seguin, Texas.
Investigators believe the woman, who was 71 years old at the time of her death, suffered a non-life-threatening fall in her bedroom in 2016. Delissa allegedly failed to help her and the woman died after a few days of lying on the floor.
Police said Crayton and her daughter, who was under the age of 15 at the time, lived in the two-bedroom home for three years with the body.
Delissa Crayton is charged with injury to a child under the age of 15 through recklessly, by omission, causing to a child, serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury. It’s a felony that could result in two to 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Her daughter was placed with family members and will receive help from the the Seguin Police Department, Guadalupe County Child Advocacy Center and Child Protective Services.
Police are still investigating, but said more charged are expected to be filed against Crayton.