Mom, Kids Lived With Corpse of Woman, 90

'Bishop' of tiny sect told her to pray to bring dead back to life
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2008 10:09 AM CDT
Mom, Kids Lived With Corpse of Woman, 90
This undated photo provided by the Juneau County Sheriff's Office shows Tammy Lewis.    (AP Photo)

A  woman and her self-proclaimed "bishop" have been arrested after cops found the decomposing corpse of a 90-year-old woman on a toilet in the house she shared with her two kids, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. The woman said the bishop of her tiny religious group told her her God would bring the corpse back to life if she prayed hard enough.

Police, who have charged the two adults with endangering the mental health of a child, think the body was there for around 2 months and say more charges could follow, possibly in connection to financial fraud. The younger child, 12, told investigators that the bishop—who blamed the decaying corpse's appearance on "demons"—had told him that the old woman paid the bills and that he would have to get a job if she were discovered. (Read more corpse stories.)

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