Detroit woman charged with murder after body of 3-year-old found in freezer
Detroit — A Detroit woman has been charged with murder after the body of her 3-year-old son was found in a basement freezer.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Sunday that Azuradee France, 31, has been charged with felony murder, first-degree child abuse, torture and concealing the death of an individual.
“The alleged facts in this case have astounded even the seriously jaded," Worthy said in a statement Sunday. "Our children continue to be at risk — not just from gun violence but also from the alleged murderer that lives in the house with them.”
France was arraigned Sunday and remanded to jail. A probable cause conference is set for 8:30 a.m. July 8, and a preliminary examination for 1:30 p.m. July 15 before Judge Kenneth King.
Detroit police officers were sent to a home in the 12760 block of Monte Vista for a wellness check on a child at 12:45 p.m. Friday and discovered the remains of a deceased child in the freezer,
The medical examiner determined the boy's death was a homicide. The case remains under investigation, and the facts and evidence will be placed on the record at the preliminary examination, the Prosecutor's Office said.
Police said Friday that when a team of Detroit cops and a state child advocate arrived at the house, the woman who answered the door acted strangely.
They called for a supervisor and the team entered the home, found five children living in squalor and the decomposed body of the boy entombed in a basement freezer.
"This case has shocked me, and shocked our investigators," Detroit Police Chief James White said during a press conference Friday just down the street from the crime scene.
Toni Haynes, the boy's grandmother, said Friday her dead grandson's name was Chayse Allen, and that he was blind.
Haynes said she became suspicious when her daughter, Chayse's mother, told her the boy had burned his hand by touching a plateful of noodles so she called Child Protective Services.
"I called CPS on her. A lot of us called, and they'd come out and give her kids right back to her."
Haynes said after the state visited her daughter's home several times, her daughter told her Chayse had gone to live with his paternal grandfather's girlfriend in Coldwater.
"But then (the grandfather) got out of jail and he told me Chayse wasn't living with his girlfriend," Haynes said.