Three-hour SWAT standoff ends with discovery of elderly mom’s rotting body in daughter’s home: Prosecutor

A New Jersey woman was arrested on Saturday after investigators responding to a welfare check request at her home discovered her mother’s remains.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said that Jersey City police were completing a welfare check on Saturday when Cheryl Gatling, 53, barricaded herself in the home for three hours. When Gatling finally allowed officers inside the apartment, they reportedly discovered Dorothy Gatling’s body.

The Daily Voice reported that SWAT was involved in Saturday’s standoff.

Authorities believe Dorothy Gatling, 78, had been dead for an extended period of time before she was found. Her cause of death remains unknown.

It is unclear who requested the welfare check that led police to the Jersey City residence.

Meanwhile, Cheryl Gatling was arrested on charges of concealing human remains, possession of a knife, and making terroristic threats.

Prosecutors said additional charges may be filed in this case once a medical examiner determines Dorothy Gatling’s cause of death.

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