Woman charged with concealing mother's death


Donna Sue Hudgins


Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The decomposed body of a 93-year-old Nash County native was found earlier this month at her home in Enfield and the woman’s daughter has been charged with felony concealment of death.

The Enfield Police Department arrested and charged Donna Sue Hudgins, 69, of Enfield for concealing the death of her mother, Nellie Mae Hudgins.

According to a statement from the Enfield Police Department, the investigation began when Donna Hudgins went to a funeral home to make funeral arrangements for her mother. Hudgins said her mother had passed away that morning but she was not sure where Emergency Medical Services had taken her body.

After the funeral home was unable to locate the body, a representative of the funeral home called the Enfield Police Department. Chief Tyree Davis, Officer Jerry Shoemaker and Detective Teo Antunez Jr. went to the mother’s residence and made contact with Donna Hudgins, who also resides at the home. They entered the house to perform a welfare check and discovered a badly decomposed body inside.

Detectives Willie Murphy Jr. and Antunez led the investigation and discovered that the body had been in the home for several months before the daughter notified family members of their mother’s passing. In an interview with detectives, Hudgens reportedly stated that she did not report the death because she was “curious and wanted to see the stages of death,” according to a press release from Enfield police.

After consulting with the Halifax County assistant district attorney, charges were filed against Hudgins for concealment of her mother’s body. Hudgins was arrested and issued a $5,000 bond by Magistrate Christopher Kidd. Her first court date is scheduled for Nov. 7.

Enfield police would not provide any further information about the case. However, Nellie Mae Hudgins obituary, which was published in the Rocky Mount Telegram, lists her death date as Sept. 7, presumably the day her death was discovered. She was born in Nash County on Jan. 10, 1925.

Her funeral arrangements were handled by Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home in Rocky Mount. A graveside service was held Sept. 11 at Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield.