Son Allegedly Buried 97-Year-Old Mom in the Backyard to Continue Collecting Her Benefits

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An Arizona man allegedly secretly buried his deceased 97-year-old mother in an attempt to continue getting her Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits.

Daniel Shannon, the 66-year-old son from San Tan Valley, was arrested Wednesday after a nearly two-month investigation for allegedly burying Leonie Shannon, his mother, in the backyard, according to a statement from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

A concerned citizen called police to the home on April 7 after Leonie Shannon hadn’t been seen since December, the statement read.

Leonie Shannon was supposed to be under her son’s care.