Donna Sue Hudgins' neighbor thought Hudgins possibly had a sewer problem, reports the News & Observer. The source of the odor ended up being much more jarring. Police allege the Enfield, NC, woman kept her mother's dead body in their home for months "because she was curious and wanted to see the stages of death." That from a Facebook post from Enfield Police Chief Tyree Davis, who says the case began when Hudgins went to a funeral home to make arrangements for her 93-year-old mother, who she said had died that morning. The only problem: Hudgins, 69, reportedly said she didn't know where EMS had taken Nellie May Hudgins' body.
The funeral home was unable to track down the mother and contacted police. "After speaking with the daughter officers entered the residence to do a welfare check and discovered a badly decomposed body in the home," writes Davis. Hudgins was on Tuesday charged with felony concealment of a death and has a Nov. 7 court date. The News & Observer reports the elder Hudgins was buried two weeks ago. (This man was found living with his mother's and brother's bodies.)