A mother in Michigan was arrested on Friday and charged with murder after the decomposing and frozen corpse of a 3-year-old child was found in a freezer in their home, with additional child abuse charges for the rest of the kids living under her care.

Azuradee France, a 31-year-old woman, was arrested on Friday after the body of her 3-year-old child, said by the grandmother Toni Haynes to be named Chase Allen, was found by police officers inside a freezer in their home, according to the Daily Beast.

The body was found by officers after performing a wellness check at their residence. France was booked for murder, child abuse, torture, and concealing a death, to all of which she pleaded not guilty, CNN reported.

Haynes, who is also France’s mother, said that they had called Child Protective Services against France beforehand, but that they would always give her kids back to her.

“I called CPS on her,” she said. “A lot of us called, and they’d come out and give her kids right back to her.”

“The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of this child. We express our condolences to everyone who loved him,” the organization handling the state’s Child Protective Services said.

Local police are still currently investigating the case, and have not given a timeline as to when the child was killed or how the child was murdered in the first place.

“The other kids, just imagine what they must have gone through and what they must have endured being inside of that home,” Police Chief James White said. “And yes, a child was decomposing and yes, [that] child was found in the freezer.”

“The alleged facts in this case have astounded even the seriously jaded,” prosecutor Kym Worthy said.

As of press time, a bail hearing regarding France’s case has yet to occur.

Child Found Dead in Michigan Freezer
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