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By Anne Sewell     Feb 10, 2014 in Odd News
In what seems to be becoming a trend these days, a reclusive woman in Mael-Carhaix, Brittany in France has been discovered to be living with her badly decomposed mother, thought to have died quite a few years ago.
Digital Journal has reported on a couple of similar stories, one of a man living with his father's corpse and a woman living with her sister-in-law's dead remains, in Italy. Then there was the woman in Barcelona, Spain, who kept her dead father at home.
Now the trend is also appearing in France, where the badly decomposed body of a woman's elderly mother has been discovered in the home of a reclusive woman.
According to deputy prosecutor Patrick Lewden, officers found the corpse in the village of Mael-Carhaix on Friday.
Lewden stated that the woman had not been seen in the town since around 2010, although he did say that an autopsy would be carried out to establish exactly when she died.
Reportedly the deceased woman was born in 1921 and was living alone with her 66-year-old daughter. Lewden says that the daughter appears to be suffering from mental health problems.
Neighbors considered both women to be recluses, and they eventually complained to the police because garbage had been left strewn in the garden for "years" and apparently bills were unpaid.
When police visited the house to investigate the complaint, they discovered the corpse of the mother, sitting in a chair “in a state of advanced decomposition.” They also found more garbage piled inside the house, as well as the badly confused daughter.
"Considering her mental state, (the daughter) had to be taken to a psychiatric hospital. She is very confused and could not be questioned," Lewden said.
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