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Feb072011

Teen Allegedly Dismembered Mother, Stored Body in Freezer

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles mom who was dismembered and her body parts found in her own freezer was afraid of the teenage son who has been charged with murder, according to neighbors. Moises Meraz-Espinoza, 18, allegedly stored his mother's chopped-up body parts in the family freezer for a week before walking into a Huntington Park police station and turning himself in on Friday.

Epifanio Hernandez, the apartment's landlord, told ABC News that he spoke with the teen hours before he went to police to confess the chilling murder. For days Meraz-Espinoza shooed away nosey neighbors, including the landlord who wanted to enter the apartment to install a new sink.

After police investigated and removed the refrigerator and freezer as part of the investigation, Hernandez entered the apartment.

"There was blood still in the shower and on the floor. A lot of blood," he said.

Hernandez said the teen and his mother "had problems."

"She was afraid of him," the landlord said. "The neighbors said they would fight. They had problems because he would go out at night. People were worried something might happen."

Authorities have yet to identify the body, said Lt. Cheryl McWillie of the L.A. County Corner's Office, and would not comment until they had done so. But Lt. Brian Elia of the Coroner's Department told Britain's Daily Mail, "The body does appear to have been dismembered to some extent."

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff said Meraz-Espinoza had been arrested for "murder in connection with the death of an individual discovered in the freezer of a Maywood apartment Friday."

Meraz-Espinoza has yet to be arraigned and is being held without bail, police said. He does not have a lawyer at this time.

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