Police found the body of a four-year-old boy in his parent's freezer after a tipster said his body may be hidden there.
The body of Eliel Adon Weaver was found in the freezer at his parents' home in Chesterfield, Virginia two months ago and may have been there for as long as two-and-a-half years.
The youngster's parents Kassceen Weaver, 49, and Dina D. Weaver, 48, have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to conceal a body and failing to render aid to a child, but have since been released on bond, WTVR-TV reported.
Court records also stated that the father faced additional charges of concealment of a body, domestic assault and malicious wounding of an adult woman after he allegedly beat and burned his wife with a curling iron.
Police said the charges were filed after forensic examiners confirmed the youngster's identity – though, his cause of death remains unknown.
Chesterfield Police Major Mike Louth said: "It's taken a little bit of time to get us to the point right here just for the fact that this isn't your typical type of investigation.'
"We have human remains that had been in a freezer for approximately a year and a half to two years. So you know, we needed to have an autopsy done, and they worked really well with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
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"They brought in some specialists, some forensic anthropologists to help us out on this."
Once the final autopsy report reveals the boy's cause of death, the couple could face additional charges, according to WWBT.
According to the court, Eilel's mother has claimed that she suffers a history of physical and mental abuse and she fears for the safety of her and her brother.
Her brother, who has not been named, had also told cops he was worried his sister was a victim of domestic violence.
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He described his brother-in-law's behaviour as 'manipulative' and claimed Kassceen would not allow Dina to own a mobile phone or a car.
He said she could only talk to him using her work phone and that she allegedly told him on such a phone call on May 3 that Eliel had died two years prior and Kassceen had wrapped his body up and put him in the freezer.
Dina reportedly did not call the police when the boy died because of bruising on his body, the outlet reported.
A second child living with the Weaver's has been taken into foster care.
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