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Woman charged with hiding mom's corpse

Police say woman kept mother's body in home

Monday, April 29, 2013 1:12 PM
Last updated Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:04 AM
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A Harlem woman has been arrested and charged with hiding her mother’s death.

HAND OUT Denise Marie Chinnery, 45, of Harlem  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
HAND OUT Denise Marie Chinnery, 45, of Harlem

Denise Marie Chinnery, 45, was charged with concealing the death of another and cruelty to a person 65 or older. She is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $15,200 bond, according to jail records.

Chinnery’s sister called authorities to the Mahala Lane home Chinnery shared with her 74-year-old mother, Catherine Simmons, about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Her sister told deputies that Chinnery was inside with their mother’s body and refused to let her in, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The sister and others said they could smell a strong odor of decomposition coming from inside the mobile home.

Chinnery’s brother-in-law forced open the door she was blocking. The couple and another man saw Simmons’ body seated in a living room chair and smelled the strong odor of a decaying body, according to the report.

Two deputies forced Chinnery from behind the door and pulled her outside.

Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins estimated that Simmons had been dead at least a week.

An autopsy is expected to be performed today at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta, Collins said.

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whyme
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whyme 04/29/13 - 02:05 pm
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Come on, spare us the comedy. Obviously this person sounds to be disturbed based on the article alone. Don't know the true facts but at least address the issue at hand. (apparently the original comment was removed so my statement no longer applies)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/29/13 - 02:08 pm
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Not Effective

She obviously did not hide it very well.

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 04/29/13 - 02:53 pm
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Waiting on that SS or SSI

Waiting on that SS or SSI payment to hit the account

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/29/13 - 03:48 pm
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Perhaps a female Norman Bates

Perhaps a female Norman Bates type of deal?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/29/13 - 03:48 pm
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CAN I HAVE HER POINTS? SHE WON'T BE NEEDING THEM NOW

Follow the money is the explanation here

Bulldog
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Bulldog 04/29/13 - 03:51 pm
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Shades of the Bates motel!

This one is obviously sick! Of course, it might just be a misunderstood cultural practice....

happychimer
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happychimer 04/29/13 - 06:16 pm
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Dixie you said her points?

Dixie you said her points? Did she post on AC?

Darby
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Darby 04/29/13 - 06:25 pm
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Okay, it's one thing not to want to cut

the apron strings, but this is carrying things a bit too far.

Hope this lady gets the help she needs. And no, I doubt it has anything to do with a government check. If that were the case, she'd have buried the body and said the old gal ran away with the UPS man.

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 04/29/13 - 07:02 pm
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There was a woman many years

There was a woman many years ago that had severe dementia and alzeimers that didn't know her husband had been dead for weeks before family members found him. She wasn't charged but was in an assisted living home for the remainder of her days. That was sad. I somehow think this woman knew.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/29/13 - 08:49 pm
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Faulkner

I seem to remember a William Faulkner short story we had to read in 11th grade English class called A Rose for Emily. Does anyone else remember it?

Darby
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Darby 04/29/13 - 10:11 pm
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No, but I do remember

"Weekend at Bernie's"

whyme
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whyme 04/29/13 - 11:23 pm
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tacky

You know, I really do have a sense of humor, but it continues to amaze me that so many of my neighbors spend their time on here making fun of such an obviously macabre situation, I guess because you can. There is a family who is surely grieving and while I'm sure they're not on here, can we not show some class? Why is this person such an easy target? From her looks to her potential for being money-hungry to necrophilia, you guys pretty much got everything covered, didn't you? Bravo.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/30/13 - 08:03 am
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I honestly think we are

I honestly think we are dealing with a Mental problem, not a Greed problem here.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/30/13 - 10:01 am
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Rose for Emily. Yea, read it

Rose for Emily. Yea, read it the other day. Quite similar.

pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 04/30/13 - 11:16 am
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My aunt

My cousin did that when my aunt died in 2010. To this day we do not know what she did with the body. She did not have a funeral or cremate her. When the church she attended tried to have a celebration of life service, my cousin wrote the Savannah Morning News saying that was not what my aunt wanted. I know that was a lie because when my mom died, she tried to take over planning the service. To this day her home is being maintained like someone lives there. Since my cousin lives in Atlanta and is the only child I know it's not her living in the house.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 04/30/13 - 12:12 pm
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Say What!
Unpublished

Say What!

sewerbabe
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sewerbabe 04/30/13 - 12:45 pm
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This is so sad. My first inclination was the money thing,i.e.soc

This is so sad. My first inclination, was the money angle (SS check). It is obvious to me that this woman is mentally unstable. I'm curious to hear of the cause of death and whether she watched her mother die and did not call for help. Lots more to this story. Saying a prayer for the entire family. A gruesome scene and grief to go along with, may our Dear Lord erase this last image from their minds, in the name of your son Jesus Christ.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/30/13 - 04:49 pm
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Come On People

Good God Almighty, have some respect for the dead!

astheworldturns
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astheworldturns 04/30/13 - 08:01 pm
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wow

Come on people...show some respect ...i know the deceaseds grandson and he is devastated.....some people truely amaze me...grow up

Darby
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Darby 04/30/13 - 11:13 pm
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"you guys pretty much got everything

covered, didn't you? Bravo."

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It's called gallows humor..

It's not classy but it does help some folks deal with a situation they are otherwise uncomfortable with.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 05/01/13 - 02:50 pm
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Okay Sean,

I've been deleted for FAR less comments than some of these, please monitor.

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