Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced After Grandmother’s Body Found in Freezer While Spending Her Social Security Money for Years

Woman stored dead grandma in freezer to collect her social security checks
Woman stored dead grandma in freezer to collect her social security checks (Images: York County Sheriffs Office)

A York woman will serve up to 46 months in prison for stuffing her deceased grandmother in a freezer in order to acquire Social Security benefits.

According to court records, Cynthia Black, 63, will face 2 consecutive sentences of 11.5 to 23 months for Receiving Stolen Property and Theft by Deception.

Black was also charged with Abuse of Corpse and sentenced to 2 years probation.

On Feb. 7, 2019, people examining the estate on Kralltown Road in Warrington Township to possibly buy it from the bank discovered the remains of Black’s grandmother, Glenora Delahay.

The callers went inside a white deep freezer while inspecting an adjacent building on the estate, according to a criminal complaint affidavit.

When they opened it, they noticed human skeletal remains in black garbage bags, with a blanket covering the bags.

Police learned Black was the last known owner of the property after searching the previous identified owners.

Black told investigators that she did receive monetary compensation from Delahay for the care she provided and that she continued to receive monetary compensation intended for Delahay after her death.

She acknowledged to police that she had failed to recognize Delahay’s death and that she believed her grandmother, who was 112 years old at the time, could still be alive.



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