Son arrested after 67-year-old mom found dead, burned in closet in Brooklyn

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- The adult son of a woman found dead in her closet has been charged with her murder in Brooklyn.

Jason Reeves, 32, was charged early Friday morning in the death of his 67-year-old mother, Paulette Reeves.

The NYPD says officers were conducting a wellness check at the victim's apartment at the Albany Houses on Park Place on Wednesday afternoon after she failed to show up to work.

Sources tell Eyewitness News she was discovered inside a bedroom closet and had likely been there for several days.

Reeves, who was inside the apartment at the time in blood-stained clothes, was taken into custody for questioning and later arrested. Police say he told them his mother was in Florida.

He is accused of stabbing his mother in face, chest and eyes before burning her body and stuffing it in the closet.

Neighbors said they smelled something, but they never would have imagined it was a dead body.

"I didn't know anything was wrong, I just thought a dog had gone to the bathroom, but it was a funny smell," neighbor Arnold Austin said.

The victim was a cafeteria worker at IS-394, located a few blocks from the murder scene.

She was last seen at work a week ago. A co-worker called police after she failed to show up for work two days this week.

"That's shocking to know that that happened, and that she worked here and the kids knew her, that's a lot," IS-394 parent Nyisha Ragsdale said.

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