Mom in Dismemberment Case Had Tried to Help Son

Donna Scrivo was granted guardianship of mentally ill son last year
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2014 8:23 AM CST
Donna Kay Scrivo appears for arraignment before being charged with the disinterment of her son Ramsay Scivo , on Monday Feb, 3, 2014, at 40th District Court in St. Clair Shores, Mich.   (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Andre J. Jackson)

(Newser) – Donna Scrivo, the Michigan mother accused of dismembering her son and dumping his body parts, had previously tried to help 32-year-old Ramsay Scrivo. After Ramsay's father died in May, Donna Scrivo, a registered nurse, petitioned to have Ramsay hospitalized due to mental illness; he was depressed, had threatened to hang himself, and was refusing to take his medications. Ramsay agreed to the hospitalization. He was ultimately listed as paranoid, delusional, and suicidal, and his mother was granted guardianship of him. Ramsay was also, at the time, on probation for assault and had anger issues; Donna Scrivo says he had been in a few fights and threatened a family friend, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In September, Ramsay removed a crown because he thought someone had implanted a speaker in his tooth, and ended up getting diagnosed with psychosis. By January, Donna Scrivo was living with her son while her home was being repaired after a fire; she reported him missing on Jan. 27. She was arraigned on charges of dismemberment and body removal yesterday; police say they are still investigating whether she murdered her son, but blood has been found in Donna Scrivo's car and in Ramsay's home, along with bleach stains. USA Today reports that she "appeared distraught" at her arraignment, and one of her neighbors who attended tells CBS Detroit, "I knew that she loved Ramsay a lot; she really did. She doted on him." (Read more dismemberment stories.)

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