Mom hid child's decaying body in Houston apartment closet for almost a week, police say

A Houston woman confessed Monday to hiding her dead child in an apartment closet for nearly a week after the 5-year-old girl ingested a fatal dose of chemicals, authorities said.

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Houston police said they found the decaying body of the child around 3:10 p.m. Monday, KTRK reported.

Police said the girl's grandmother called from the Quail Creek Apartment, where she was visiting her daughter, KRPC reported. The older woman said she found the child in a closet, the television station reported.

Police responding to the call said they detected a foul smell when they entered the apartment, KTRK reported. Upon further investigation, police found the girl, the television station reported.

The mother of the girl allegedly told police the girl died from ingesting chemicals Tuesday and that she hid the child in the closet, KTRK reported.

Police have not released the identity of the child or her mother.

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