PLYMOUTH, Minn — Police in Minnesota are wondering whether a man loaded his mother’s dead body into a taxi and then pretended she was alive while he withdrew money in her name at a bank.
According to KMSP, police arrested David Vanzo recently for elderly neglect after finding his 90-year-old mother dead in a home they both lived in.
Police said they were overwhelmed by the stench of urine and feces in the home, and found the woman dead in bed, wearing a robe and fur coat. Her boots were covered in feces.
Now, police wonder if Vanzo took his mother to the bank on the day of her death.
They rode together in a taxi seven hours before he reported her dead, KMSP reported.
A neighbor who saw them leave the house wonders if the woman was dead.
“I don’t know if she was unconscious, or not alive,” the neighbor said.
When Vanzo and his mother got to the bank, he withdrew $850 in her name.
Bank employees also wondered if the woman was alive.
According to KMSP, bank employees said the woman’s feet were dragging under her wheelchair and they couldn’t tell if she was breathing.
Vanzo has been investigated for financial exploitation at least two times.
Vanzo told KMSP that the money came from a joint account.
“I love my mother very much,” he says. “I gave my life to keep my mother alive. Look at my eyes.”
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