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US man 'kept mum's body for six months'

Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a man on charges that he kept the body of his 94-year-old mother in a house for nearly six months.

Police in Burlington said that local housing authority inspectors found the body of Lucy Mae Hutchins Wade on August 25. An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner's office determined that Wade died of natural causes six months ago.

Detectives determined that 50-year-old Don Lee Wade was aware of his mother's death in March and did nothing about it. They said he gathered her mail, began cashing her federal pension checks and used her bank card.

Wade is charged with concealment of death. He is in jail on a 10,000-dollar secured bond. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

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