A mum has been charged with murder and torture after police discovered the body of her 3-year-old blind son decomposing in her freezer at her home in Detroit.
Azuradee France has been arrested and charged over the murder of her blind son, 3, when police found his body in a freezer in the basement of her rundown home in Detroit on Friday (June 24).
Officers had attended the property to carry out a welfare check on 3-year-old Chase Allen, who was blind.
It has been reported that social services had been called to the property more than a dozen times in the past 12 months.
A spokesperson for Detroit Police said that France had denied entry to the officers before they decided to force entry at approximately 12:45pm, discovering the child's body shortly afterwards.
After inspection by a medical examiner, the death of Chase Allen was determined as a homicide.
When discussing his officer's decision to force entry into the home, Detroit Police Chief James White said: "The discovery would not be possible without the officers' intuition. They recognized there was something not right in the way the occupant was communicating with them".
A relative of the deceased boy said that France had refused to allow the family to look after Chase after his mother struggled to care for him.
Speaking to reporters, she said: "She couldn't deal with it, and we all said to give him to us if you can't deal with it.
"He was the sweetest one. He was so sweet."
Azuradee France, 31, has been charged with felony murder, first-degree child abuse, torture, and concealing the death of an individual.
France was remanded to jail on June 26 (Sunday), with a probable cause conference on the charges due to begin on July 8.