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Report: Father strangled to death, daughter kept decomposing body in house

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BALL GROUND, GA (CBS46) -

A 45-year-old woman was charged with murder after deputies discovered she was living with her father's decomposing body.

On May 14, deputies arrived at a home in the 500 block of Northridge Drive near Ball Ground for a welfare check.

Authorities discovered the deceased body of 77-year-old James Reece.

It appeared Reece had been deceased for several days, according to deputies.

Investigators learned the daughter of Reece, Andrea Blanton, lived at the home with Reece and was his primary caregiver.

Blanton had failed to report the death, according to reports. She was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with concealing a death.

She was released Tuesday night on an $11,200 bond.

On Wednesday, an autopsy of Reece's body was performed and revealed Reece had died of strangulation.

Blanton was taken into custody Thursday morning and charged with murder.

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