A Florida woman is accused of suffocating her mother with a plastic bag before her boyfriend and his brother lit her body on fire and disposed of the evidence in a trash bin.
Sasha Gonzalez, 29, told police that she paid someone $50 to hurt — but not kill — her mother, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
However, police believe that Gonzalez, her boyfriend Yancel Castillo, 30, and his brother Santy Castillo suffocated the woman to death and ignited her corpse before trying to hide the remains.
The violence was triggered by an Oct. 12 argument between the victim and Santy Castillo, who was staying at her South Miami-Dade home against her wishes, police said.
Two days later, Gonzalez allegedly removed the doorknob from her mother’s locked bedroom door as she slept, police wrote in their report.
“Santy Castillo then entered the victim’s bedroom and began to open a large black trash bag,” police said. Gonzalez helped her boyfriend’s brother put her mom’s head into the trash bag so that she could be suffocated.
Police found the body at the home during a welfare check for the victim, the Miami Herald reported, adding that although the remains found have yet to be identified, property records show that the house belonged to a woman named Hilda Gonzalez, 70.
Sasha Gonzalez told police that she watched the Castillo brothers burn her mother’s body and roll a trash bin into the backyard to get rid of the remains. Yancel Castillo, meanwhile, told authorities that Gonzalez cleaned up her mother’s blood in the home.
Gonzalez has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence, while Yancel Castillo was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact, tampering with physical evidence and abusing a dead human body.
Gonzalez was denied bond and Yancel Castillo’s bond was set at $25,000. It’s unclear if Santy Gonzalez will face charges.
The reason that Gonzalez would want to kill her own mother is unclear.
[Photo: Miami-Dade Corrections]
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