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Woman accused of keeping deceased mother at home for social security checks

A New England woman is accused of keeping her mother’s corpse at home for months as Social Security payments continued. Kimberly Heller, 54, of Bedford, New Hampshire, has been arrested and charged with corpse abuse, the Bedford Police Department said on Friday. Police said the investigation began on October 24 when a family member asked officers to conduct a welfare check on Heller’s mother. Officers said no one was home at the time. Police learned that Heller’s mother had not been seen by family members for several months, and officers returned to check again on October 25. Heller refused to let the police in, but they obtained a search warrant and entered the house later that day. Inside, they discovered the body of Heller’s mother. Police said the woman died in May and an autopsy by the state medical examiner later determined that she died of natural causes. Heller was arrested in this case on November 18. and is expected to be brought to justice in January. Bedford Police said they also contacted the Inspector General’s Office of Social Security Administration, as their investigation found payments were still being made for Heller’s mother in the months following her death.

A New England woman is accused of keeping her mother’s corpse at home for months as Social Security payments continued.

Kimberly Heller, 54, of Bedford, New Hampshire, was arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse on The Bedford Police Department announced Friday.

Police said the investigation began on October 24 when a family member asked officers to conduct a welfare check on Heller’s mother. Officers said no one was home at the time.

Police learned that Heller’s mother had not been seen by family members for several months, and officers returned to check again on October 25. Heller refused to let the police in, but they obtained a search warrant and entered the house later that day.

Inside, they discovered the body of Heller’s mother.

Police said the woman died in May and an autopsy performed by the state’s medical examiner later determined that she died of natural causes.

Heller was arrested in the case on November 18 and is expected to be brought to justice in January.

Bedford Police said they also contacted the Inspector General’s Office of Social Security Administration, as their investigation found payments were still being made for Heller’s mother in the months following her death.