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Son buried dead 97-year-old mom in backyard to collect benefits: cops


Added 05-24-19 07:18:02am EST - “An Arizona man allegedly buried his dead 97-year-old mother in the backyard ?" and told no one so that he could continue raking in the woman's Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits, lo?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Son buried dead 97-year-old mom in backyard to collect benefits: cops”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An Arizona man allegedly buried his dead 97-year-old mother in the backyard — and told no one so that he could continue raking in the woman’s Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits, local police said.

Daniel Shannon, 66, of San Tan Valley, was busted Wednesday for allegedly hiding the corpse of Leonie Shannon, who hadn’t been seen since December, the Pinal County Sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Cops were called to the home on April 5 after someone became concerned about the whereabouts of the woman — who was under her son’s care.

At the time, Daniel Shannon told investigators that his mother walked away from the home on Dec. 21, and it wasn’t the first time the nonagenarian took off. The woman had just started receiving Veterans Affairs benefits, he claimed, and he didn’t want to report her missing in case she returned home.

Finally, when detectives questioned him Wednesday, he admitted his mom passed away on Dec. 21 — and instead of reporting it, he buried her in the backyard so he could continue receiving her Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits, cops said.

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