Mom: I Didn't Know My Son Died Til I Smelled Him

Jarrod Tutko's father didn't tell anyone boy had died

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 3, 2014 11:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – Today, from the dregs of humanity: Eight-year-old Jarrod Tutko Jr. died on Tuesday on the third floor of his home. On Friday night, mom Kimberly Tutko asked her husband, Jarrod Sr., what was the cause of the smell coming from the third floor, at which point, in the telling of PennLive, the boy's father "went upstairs and came back with body of Jarrod Jr., wrapped in a sheet and laid him on the bathroom floor." Or, as cops in Harrisburg, Pa., put it, the elder Tutko confessed that their son had died only "when the odor of decomposition became too strong." Says Kimberly Tutko: "I said to him 'Why didn't you say anything?' He said he was too afraid to say anything because of other kids in the house."

Kimberly Tutko tells CBS that her son was severely mentally disabled and prone to acting out and smearing feces on walls, and that his father was his primary caregiver while she cared for another disabled child. She finds a curious victim in this: "I'm being picked on for being a bad mom, 'oh you didn't know that something was wrong with him?' I didn't, because every single day, it was a normal routine." As the AP notes, Jarrod Tutko Sr. now faces a raft of charges including child endangerment, concealing the death of a child, and abuse of a corpse. Bail has been set at $500,000; the Tutkos have been relieved of caring for their other five children. Jarrod Jr.'s cause of death has yet to be determined.

Jarrod Tutko. Police charged Tutko on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, with child endangerment, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.
Jarrod Tutko. Police charged Tutko on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, with child endangerment, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.   (AP Photo/Harrisburg Police)
This Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 photo shows the home where an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose decomposing body was found on the third floor in Harrisburg, Pa.
This Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 photo shows the home where an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose decomposing body was found on the third floor in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Sean Simmers)
This Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 photo shows the room that Jarrod Tutko Jr. was kept in at his home in Harrisburg, Pa., covered in feces.
This Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 photo shows the room that Jarrod Tutko Jr. was kept in at his home in Harrisburg, Pa., covered in feces.   (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Sean Simmers)
This Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 photo shows the room that Jarrod Tutko Jr. was kept in at his home in Harrisburg, Pa., covered in feces.
This Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 photo shows the room that Jarrod Tutko Jr. was kept in at his home in Harrisburg, Pa., covered in feces.   (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Sean Simmers)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
4%
3%
70%
1%
9%
13%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!