According to NY Daily News reports:
Kelly Rhodes, 49, faces up to 15 years in prison after she left the body of Mary Gertrude Grenia, 89, wrapped in blankets outside of a Port Huron Township Goodwill store, the Times Herald reported.
Prosecutors don’t believe Rhodes killed the woman, but said she may have neglected to care for her elderly mother, leading to her death.
“I love her and miss her more than I ever could imagine,” Rhodes, originally from Salem, Ore., told the court during sentencing on Friday.
The cold-hearted daughter displayed a “callousness that is frankly hard to fathom,” prosecutor Mona Armstrong said, when Rhodes dumped the body beside a Dumpster on March 12.
The shocking crime was captured on surveillance video.
“I understand I need to be punished for my poor decisions that were not sensible or logical at all,” Rhodes told the newspaper before her sentencing.
The uncaring daughter reportedly took her sick and elderly mother out of a nursing home three years ago, but had fallen on hard times financially.
The court didn’t accept the excuse and found her guilty of manslaughter, fourth-degree vulnerable adult abuse and removing a dead body without permission of a medical examiner.
Grenia had heart and lung disease, and an autopsy showed no signs of trauma. Prosecutors believe Grenia died in her daughter’s truck before her corpse was dumped and left behind.
“The bottom line is, (Grenia) was not provided that simple dignity she was entitled to at her age and after raising this particular defendant,” Armstrong said, the newspaper reported.
SMH. What was she thinking?
St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
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