Mother and daughter arrested after grandmother’s body ‘dismembered’

A mother and daughter in the US have been accused of brutally dismembering a grandmother and attempting to burn her body on a grill.

Margaret Craig’s body was discovered after police visited her home and “immediately smelled the odor of decomposition”, according to a police report.

Candance Craig, 44, been arrested on suspicion of murder and daughter and Salia Hardy, 19, is suspected of assisting in disposing of the body.

A concerned neighbour raised the alarm on June 2 which led officers to conduct a welfare check on the elderly Margaret.

Candace is accused of killing her mom days before on May 23. The following day, Salie allegedly helped her dispose of the body, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department.

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Upon further inspection, police discovered “what appeared to be brain matter” in untied bin bags, according to the court documents obtained by WJLA.

Officers also “recognized the smell of putrefaction and observed blood and tissue on the floor near three white plastic trash bags”, according to the police release. 

A knife, chainsaw, cutting utensils, and cleaning materials were all recovered from a basement – nearby where Margaret’s remains were found, it is alleged.

Blood spatters were also identified in the basement.

Major David Blazer, commander of the Major Crimes Division, said: “The detectives of the Homicide Unit will ensure a thorough investigation is conducted and that both suspects are held accountable for their cruel and criminal behavior.”

The pair are accused of burning the remains on a charcoal grill.

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Both women were taken into custody at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections. Candace is facing charges of first and second-degree murder while Salia is charged with being an accessory to murder. 

Police are investigating a possible motive.

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