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Woman pleads guilty to hiding mother's body

Posted March 25, 2010

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— A New Hanover County woman pleaded guilty Thursday to hiding her dead mother's body in her home for months to collect her retirement benefits.

Amy Blanche Stewart, 45, of 612 Cherry Laurel Court, pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count each of failure to report a death and concealing a death, authorities said.

Deputies responded to Stewart's home on Dec. 15 after receiving a 911 call and found the body of Stewart's 88-year-old mother, Blanche Matilda Roth, in a bedroom.

Authorities estimated Roth died of natural causes last May.

Investigators determined that Stewart had deposited more than $8,300 from her mother's Social Security and state retirement benefits into her account between July and December.

Stewart was sentenced to 15 to 18 months in prison, but the sentence was suspended to three years on probation. She was ordered to pay $3,354 in restitution to the Social Security Administration and $4,961 to state government.

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  • crash2478 Mar 25, 2010

    She will be paid back in the long run.

  • Sick N Tired Mar 25, 2010

    I can't believe they are not making her pay penalties and interest on the ill gotten funds!

  • lisa4 Mar 25, 2010

    I agree with the mental evaluation. This is awful & she needs more than a slap on the wrist. This is so sad for her mother. She has to be insane - no other way to describe her.

  • opinion2010 Mar 25, 2010

    How about ordering a mental evaluation??

  • mike honcho Mar 25, 2010

    I guess the smell of money was stronger than the smell of her decomposisg Mother........sick.

  • dare107 Mar 25, 2010

    This is one sick Chick!

  • Fredrick Bimmell Mar 25, 2010

    So she has to repay $8315 of the over $8300 that she stole and only gets 3 yrs probation for doing that to her own mother ..... way to go NC. That will teach her ..... pathetic