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Monday, 10 December 2018 14:58

Decomposing Body Found in Forsyth Residence

A woman from north Forsyth has been arrested by local authorities on alleged elder abuse charges after the decomposing body of her 83-year-old mother was found at her residence last Thursday, officials said.

According to a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a home off Bridle Drive in Cumming at 7 a.m., to a call about a female subject that had threatened suicide to a friend out of state.

"As soon as we walked in, the stench of a dead person ... was so obvious in the home; we immediately went to where the smell was and found the body of the mother in bed.  He said that deputies met with the subject, Amalia Elvira Ramirez, 53, of Forsyth County and transported her by ambulance to Northside Hospital Forsyth to be evaluated.

Deputies found the body of her mother in a bedroom of the residence. shortly after her transport.

They quickly learned that the body was in the advanced stages of decomposition based on its condition and was likely there for days, if not weeks. 

After Ramirez was cleared by the hospital, Rainwater said that detectives learned she had been living in the residence and was her mother's primary caretaker for the last four years.

From their interview, detectives discovered that Ramirez had continued living in the home as the body decomposed, he said.

Based on the conditions of the home and the body, the sheriff’s office secured warrants for Ramirez’s arrest.  They could tell, based on the body’s sores that this 83-year old had not been taken care of.

Ramirez has been charged with felony cruelty to a person 65 years or older and exploitation/intimidation of the disabled/elderly. Additional, more serious charges could be pending against Ramirez based on the outcome of the autopsy and the final investigative report from their detectives.