OH man charged after mom’s decomposing body found

BARBERTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man has been charged with murder after the decomposing body of his 67-year-old mother was found in her home.

Police in Barberton, near Akron, say Maureen Petrie had been dead in the house since October. Officers discovered the body during a welfare check after family members called to say they had no contact with Petrie and her son for months.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/XVSCXI ) reports that 32-year-old Michael Petrie implicated himself in his mother’s slaying. The medical examiner’s office said she had been stabbed and beaten.

Michael Petrie appeared in court in Summit County on Thursday, and bail was set at $1 million. He’ll be back in court Wednesday.

The investigation is continuing into the circumstances that led to the slaying.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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