A man from Plymouth, Minnesota, is under investigation by police for allegedly bringing his dead mother to a bank so that he could make a withdrawal from her account.
David Vanzo was arrested for elderly neglect after police found his 90-year-old mother, Caryl Vanzo, dead in a home that they say was overwhelmed by the “stench of urine and feces,” reports WGN. The mother was reportedly found dead in her bed, wearing a robe and fur coat, with boots covered in feces.
Police say they believe Vanzo took his deceased mother to the bank that same day and withdrew $850 from her account while dragging her body in a wheelchair.
Bank employees told police the woman was not moving and that they couldn’t tell whether she was breathing. One of Vanzo’s neighbors says she also noticed the two getting into a taxi to go to the bank and that it appeared as if the mother was not alive.
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Vanzo denies any wrongdoing and says he and his mother had an agreement and that he took care of her, reports Fox 9 in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Vanzo has previously been under investigation for financial exploitation, which included an incident involving a $118,000 reverse mortgage that his mother was unable to explain, as well as cash withdrawals of $47,500 and $25,600.
Vanzo claims the money came from a joint account he shared with his mother.
“I love my mother very much,” Vanzo said. “I gave my life to keep my mother alive. Look at my eyes.”