*The mother of an 8-year-old special needs boy whose decomposing body was found on the third floor of their home said Saturday she didn’t know he had died until noticing the smell.
The reason given by Kimberly Tutko, the mother, is that her husband was the primary caretaker of their mentally disabled son, and he waited several days to tell her the boy had died, according to Pennlive.com.
Police were called to the home Friday and found the boy’s body. They charged the father, Jarrod Tutko, 38, with child endangerment for concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.
There is no attorney listed for the family in court records.
Harrisburg police said in a statement that Tutko informed his wife about the death of their son, Jarrod Tutko Jr., “when the odor of decomposition became too strong.”
It’s not clear how the boy died. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.
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