Mom accused of dismembering son she tried to help

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — Eight months ago, Donna Scrivo sought hospitalization for and guardianship of her son, Ramsay, who was diagnosed with psychosis and threatened to hang himself when his father died of a terminal illness.

On Monday, the St. Clair Shores, Mich., mother, who turned 60 on Tuesday, was arraigned in the dismemberment and removal of her son's body, which was discovered in bags last week in rural areas of St. Clair County, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit.

Authorities haven't charged Donna Scrivo with murder and said they aren't able to comment on motive or time, cause and manner of death in the case. They also did not comment on whether there was other trauma to her 32-year-old son's remains.

"These charges are not the end of the case. We are working diligently on a murder investigation," St. Clair Shores Interim Police Chief Todd Woodcox said, adding that Donna Scrivo is charged with offenses authorities can prove. "We plan to bring more charges later. We charged what we could."

Authorities said Monday they were not certain whether Donna Scrivo, a registered nurse, killed her son, saying they have a lot more work in the death of the St. Clair Shores man.

But a few details surfaced during Donna Scrivo's arraignment Monday. According to police, she filed a missing persons report on her son Jan. 27, claiming he left his home, where she also was living while her fire-damaged home was being repaired. They said blood evidence and bleach stains were found in his home, and that Donna Scrivo was seen carrying black garbage bags before her son's remains were found.



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