Bond set at $50,000 for woman whose grandmother’s body was found in plastic tub

Bond was set at $50,000 for a West Virginia woman accused of gross abuse of a corpse after her 89-year-old grandmother was found in a plastic tub in a Dayton basement.

Stacie Lauhon-Wheeler, 45, is also charged with grand theft and misuse of credit cards, according to court records.

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The theft and misuses of credit cards charges are related to Social Security benefits, according to the indictment.

Wheeler-Lauhon was the power of attorney for her grandmother, according to a court affidavit.

A plea of not guilty was entered on her behalf in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning.

Her next court date is scheduled for Dec. 19.

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On Jan. 31, the body of Mary Alice Lauhon was found in a plastic tub in a Virginia Avenue basement after a different granddaughter called 911 from North Carolina.

The woman said a friend of her sister, Lauhon-Wheeler, told her that their grandmother was “deceased and in a freezer in the basement of a home in Dayton, Ohio,” according to an affidavit.

A woman who lived at the Virginia Avenue home told investigators that Lauhon-Wheeler briefly lived with her and has some personal items stored in the garage and basement, the affidavit said.

A preliminary autopsy did not reveal any signs of injury and trauma.

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Lauhon weighed 66 pounds and was only wearing socks and disposable diaper, according to the autopsy report.

The plastic tub was not in a freezer when it was found.

The autopsy report did not indicate when Lauhon died, but did state that her body was badly decomposed and partially mummified.

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