A Texas girl was allegedly forced to live with her grandmother’s decomposing corpse for years, prompting authorities to criminally charge the girl’s mother, the Seguin Gazette reports.
Police on Wednesday arrested Delissa Crayton, 47, in Seguin, Texas, about 36 miles northeast of San Antonio.
Authorities allege that Crayton’s mother, Jacqueline Louise Crayton, fell in a bedroom in 2016 and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Yet, as police told the news outlet, her daughter Delissa Crayton failed to assist her and left her to die on the floor.
The elder Crayton would have been 71 years old at the time. Her skeletal remains were discovered in a bedroom on Sunday as police were investigating an allegation of child abuse, according to Seguin Police Chief Terry Nichols.
“Our first officer who was on the scene went in to do a welfare check and opened the door and found the skeletal remains,” Nichols said. “They were in a bedroom on the floor in plain view.”
Delissa Crayton’s daughter was forced to continue living in the bedroom; she was younger than 15 at the time of the death.
Local authorities called in other agencies to help process the scene, including the Texas Rangers and the Texas State University Department of Anthropology.
Delissa Crayton, a former police dispatcher, is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.
Crayton has been charged with one count of felony injury to a child under the age of 15 causing serious mental deficiency and injury. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
She is being held in jail on a $200,00 bond, and more charges may be coming, the newspaper reports.
Crayton’s daughter has been removed from the residence and was placed with family members.
The grandmother, Jacqueline Louise Crayton, was a beloved member of the community who was often seen at school sporting events, according to Nichols.
“It is a sad day for the city,” he said. “It is a shock for many people.”
Nichols added that situation also took a significant toll on the child victim and that authorities are working to ensure she gets the best services as possible.
To report information about the case, call the Seguin Police Department at 830-379-2123.
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[Feature image: Delissa Crayton/Seguin Police Department]