HARRISBURG, Pa. — The mother of an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose body was found on the third floor of her family’s home said she didn’t know he had died until the smell became too strong, according to multiple media reports.
Kimberly Tutko told police her husband, who was the primary caretaker of their mentally disabled son, apparently waited several days to tell her the boy had died, according to Pennlive.com.
Police found the boy’s body after they were called to the home on Friday, according to FOX43. On Saturday, police charged Jarrod Tutko, 38, with child endangerment, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.
According to police, Tutko told his wife their son was dead “when the odor of decomposition became too strong.”
Tutko told Pennlive.com she understands that people may not believe she did not know her son was dead. She said he was severely disabled and was kept on the third floor of the home, where he was taken care of by his father.
Police did not say how the boy died. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.
Read more: FOX43