3-year-old boy found dead in freezer, mother arrested

3-year-old Chase, found dead in freezer on Detroit's west side

The Detroit Police Department was called on scene where they found a 3-year-old boy dead inside freezer at the home.

The Detroit Police Department said a 3-year-old boy, Chase, was found dead inside home on Detroit’s west side early Friday morning after they were called for a welfare check.

According to investigators, the young boy was found dead inside a freezer in the home.

Detroit’s Police Chief James White said the young boy had been decomposing when he was found and applauded the first responders for following their instinct to check the home thoroughly.

“The discovery would not be possible without the officers’ intuition. They recognized there was something not right in the way the occupant was communicating with them,” White said in a press conference Friday.

3-year-old Chase, found dead in freezer on Detroit's west side
Chase, 3-year-old young boy found dead in freezer in basement

According to neighbors, Chase was blind and had other disabilities.

A family relative said the mother couldn’t deal with the disabilities and refused to give guardianship to family who asked.

Family members also told FOX 2’s Jessica Dunpack that CPS had been called to the home at least 13 times this year, and each time they were not allowed inside the home.

White says the young boy’s body was found decomposing inside a freezer, in the basement of the home and was expected to have been there for several months.

Neighbors said the young child was not seen since at least March.

The 30-year-old mother, who was not identified, was arrested and in police custody.

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