Who is Azuradee France? Detroit mom charged with murder after 3-year-old son's BODY FOUND in freezer
DETROIT, MICHIGAN: A woman from Detroit, identified as Azuradee France, has been arrested for the murder of her 3-year-old son after police found the body of the child in a basement freezer. The 31-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder, child abuse, torture, and concealing the death of an individual.
Announcing the arrest, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on June 26 said, as per reports by The Detroit News, that the accused had an arraignment and was remanded to jail. Worthy stated, “The alleged facts in this case have astounded even the seriously jaded. 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.” The prosecutor's office further said, "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."
Reacting to the news, one of the relatives of the victim told Fox News that the boy was blind and Child Protective Services came many times this year. Talking about the mother, the relative said, "She couldn't deal with it, and we all said give him to us if you can't deal with it. He was the sweetest one. He was so sweet."
As per reports, Toni Haynes, the boy's grandmother, said that his name was Chase Allen and that he was blind. Haynes said that she became suspicious when her daughter, Chase's mother, told her that 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," she said.
Talking about the lies her daughter told, Haynes said that France told her that Chase went to live with his paternal grandfather’s girlfriend. "But then (the grandfather) got out of jail and he told me Chase wasn't living with his girlfriend," Haynes said. She said the family members went to the house about two weeks ago, before the body was found, to confront her daughter, unaware of the fact Chase was dead and was kept in the fridge.
How did they discover the body?
Following the doubt, when a team of Detroit cops and a state child advocate arrived at the house on June 24, the mother answered the door and acted strangely. This led them to call for a supervisor. When the team entered the home, they found five children living in squalor and the decomposed body of the boy in a basement freezer. Police Chief James White, during a press conference on the same day of the discovery, said, "This case has shocked me, and shocked our investigators."
According to reports, the five other children were checked at a hospital and have been placed into the custody of Child Protective Services. On the other hand, the accused mother remains in police custody, and the first hearing is scheduled for July 8, 2022.
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