Woman accused of keeping 96-year-old mother's dead body in Chicago freezer for two years

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A woman has been accused of hiding her mother's decomposed body in a freezer at a Chicago home for nearly two years, officials say.

Eva Bratcher, 69, appeared in Cook County Circuit Court Thursday on charges including concealing the death of her 96-year-old mother Regina Michalski. She is also charged with possessing a fraudulent identification card, court records show.

Chicago Police arrested Bratcher Wednesday after officials said Michalski's body was found during a welfare check in an apartment where she lived in the city's Portage Park neighborhood.

During the check requested by a family member, police said they found Michalski's body inside a freezer in a garage.

Investigators believe she died in March 2021. Her cause and manner death will not be determined until her body is thawed.

Bratcher was arrested Wednesday, booked into the Cook County jail on Thursday, jail records show, and remained jailed Friday morning on $200,000 bond.

Court records show Bratcher is due in court next on Feb. 21.

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The allegations are “very disturbing,” said Cook County Circuit Court Judge David Kelly who denied a defense lawyer's request for a lower bond to get Bratcher out of jail on Thursday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported investigators said they were trying to determine if Bratcher was collecting her late mother's Social Security benefits.

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Bratcher's daughter, Sabrina Watson of Kentucky, asked police to check the home on Monday after losing contact with her grandmother.

“What could go wrong? Apparently, everything," Watson said.

Contributing: Associated Press.

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