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Woman charged with abusing granddaughter’s corpse: court docs

Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A woman was arrested Saturday and charged with abuse of the corpse of her deceased granddaughter, court documents say.

A complainant stated to police that on or about April 9 in the 2200 block of Schoedinger Avenue, LaTonya Austin, 42, put the body of her granddaughter into multiple trash bags and then placed the trash bags into a cooler, according to the criminal complaint.

“The fact that multiple trash bags were used indicates that there may have been dismemberment involved,” Hamilton County Assitant Prosecutor Jack Besignano said.

The name, age, and the cause of death of Austin’s granddaughter have not been released.

Neighbors say they are shocked that they live on the same street as someone who could do this to a child.

Court records show that Austin has not been convicted of a violent crime in Hamilton County.

Judge Dwyane Mallory set her bond at $500,000 during a hearing Tuesday morning.

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