News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- Neighbors are calling it a senseless act for a mother and daughter to live in their home around the dead and mummified body of their son.
Even people that knew the mother say they never would have guessed she'd be capable of something like this.
“When you say mummified? What? Had to have been there a whole year! That had to have been there a whole year to have been mummified!" exclaimed neighbor Bartholomew Gunter.
Neighbors expressed shock and disbelief as the reality of what happened just a couple blocks away set in.
"I was shocked, very shocked, that something like that happened this close to where we were staying at," new neighbor Usher Brown said.
"When I looked on TV and I seen her I said, ‘Wooo, I ain't never seen nothing like this in my life!'’" Gunter said.
Around 1 p.m. Friday, Richmond County investigators received a call to a house on the 4200 block of James Road in reference to a deceased person.
When they got inside, they found 23-year-old Robin Adams' body.
They say he had been dead for so long his body started to mummify.
"For it to be mummified? Come on man! That's senseless man," Gunter said.
Both his mother, Angela Mercer, and his sister, Deaidra Motley, are now in jail and are charged with concealing the death of a person.
Investigators say they were still living in the home around the dead body.
"I can't understand how nobody can live in a house like that. Somebody done died and the body lay still in the house? And stand the odor?" Brown said.
Bartholomew says Mercer used to give him rides home from a nearby store.
“You know I’d be at Wally's store, and she'd give me a ride home and then, you know, I'd never expect that. She was real nice," Gunter said.
Even through the tragedy, Gunter says he understands how she probably felt.
"When we get to that point, you know it seems like no return? You fall rock bottom. That's what it was. I been there before. I been there when I was fixin’ to say hey I'm about to give up, so I understand how she feel," Gunter said.
Even now, Bartholomew hopes Mercer gets some help, but the community wonders what would have happened if she had asked for help a long time ago.
"She should have called somebody. You could have got help. Period,” Gunter said.
Investigators say even though Adams was 23 years old, he had several medical conditions, which left him with the mental capacity of an infant.
The mother and sister could face more charges after the autopsy is completed.