Son Charged After Mother's Body Found in Freezer

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    A Philadelphia man is charged with Abuse of a Corpse after the body of his elderly mother was found stuffed into a basement freezer.

    William Carrasquillo, 58, surrendered to investigators at Philadelphia Police's East Detective Division on Thursday afternoon.

    Carrasquillo has been sought by police since the body of his 83-year-old mother, Andrea, was discovered at her Feltonville home on Tuesday. The woman had been folded into a 3-foot high by 18-inch wide freezer in the basement.

    Detectives believe the woman's body was placed in the freezer by her son back in January. The woman's cause of death has not yet been determined.

    Police found the woman's body after receiving a tip call, officials said.

    Officers reportedly entered the home on the 4500 block of North Lee Street through an open second floor window, and later discovered the rectangular white chest freezer under the basement stairs.

    Carrasquillo, a pizza delivery driver, allegedly told police he got scared after his mother passed away of natural causes. Investigators believe he may have hid her body to continue collecting her Social Security checks.

    A friend of Carasquillo, Jared Santiago, said the man was struggling to care for the woman, who was disabled.

    Attorney information for the man was not immediately available.