Body of woman, 90, found on toilet in inhabited home

A sheriff's deputy discovered the remains of a 90-year-old woman on a toilet in a house she apparently shared with a woman and two children.

Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth charged 35-year-old Tammy Lewis and 57-year-old Alan Bushey on Friday with two felony counts of being a party to causing mental harm to a child. Southworth also charged Lewis with obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor.

According to a criminal complaint filed Friday, Bernice Metz contacted the Juneau County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday and asked if a deputy could check on her 90-year-old sister, Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth. Metz said no one had heard from Middlesworth for some time.

When Deputy Leigh Neville-Neil arrived at the house in the town of Necedah, she encountered Lewis, also known as Sister Mary Bernadett, the complaint said. Lewis initially refused to allow the deputy to check on Middlesworth, telling her Middlesworth was on vacation but she didn't know where or how long she would be gone.

The deputy told Lewis she needed to be sure Middlesworth was alive and well. Lewis began to tear up but told the deputy Middlesworth was fine.

When the deputy asked to come inside again, Lewis told her she had to go in and call her "superior."

When Lewis returned, she seemed calmer, and she let the deputy inside.

The house smelled of incense and burnt wood, had religious materials everywhere and also had religious hymns playing on the stereo, according to the complaint.

Body of woman, 90, found on toilet in inhabited Wis. home

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