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Woman, 27, and her baby found decomposed on her bed after laying dead for 3 weeks

By Mason White 1:02 PM April 3, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
A young mother and her child were found dead on a bed in their home by police, a court in the United Kingdom has heard.

The Troedyrhiw, south Wales, mother and daughter lay dead in the house about three weeks before their bodies were discovered.

Joanne Thomas was found in her bed along with her four-month-old daughter Harper. The 27-year-old had not been seen for several weeks and concerned neighbors called the police after seeing her clothes hanging outside.

The bodies were so badly decomposed they could only be identified using dental records and DNA tests. An investigation uncovered that a social worker went to the house three times, but no one answered the door.

Detectives found that the front door of the house had been unlocked. Police ruled out foul play. The Medical Examiner could not pinpoint the exact cause of death.

Thomas recently ended an abusive relationship. She had also moved to the two bedroom house, which is located on Church Street. Social services became concerned when Thomas did not take Harper for her injections.

Neighbors said they became concerned after seeing that Thomas’ clothes had been on the line for several weeks. Police were called when a Church Street resident looked into the window of the home and saw a gruesome scene in the master bedroom.