To avoid nursing home bills, an Ohio woman drowned her elderly grandmother.
The 35-year-old Heidi Matheny was arrested for the murder of Alice Matheny, 93.
According to the Eaton, Ohio, police report, the granddaughter admitted taking her grandmother to a doctor’s appointment where the doctor recommended the elderly woman live in a nursing home, which they could not afford and insurance would not cover.
The two enjoyed ice cream after leaving the appointment, Heidi said.
According to WDTN, Heidi allegedly described how she walked up behind her grandmother while she was doing dishes and pushed her head into the sink, holding her there “until the bubbles stopped.”
Afterward, the 35-year-old allegedly brought her grandmother to the bathtub to be sure she was dead.
“She didn’t do anything wrong”, Heidi allegedly said during a police interview. “She’s the perfect freaking grandmother.”
“According to the confession, she was just tired of taking care of a grandmother”, Eaton Police Division Chief Steven Hurd said. “When you have a 35-year-old granddaughter who allegedly drowned her grandmother in the bathtub, it is hard not to take this to heart.”
A short time later, Heidi left the apartment through a window and walked to the nearby sheriff’s department.
Around 5:54 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to the 300 block of East Somers Street for a possible homicide report.
Alice Matheny was found dead in the bathtub as Heidi had described it.
A formal murder charge is pending from the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office, but the granddaughter was arrested and booked into the Preble County Jail.
An autopsy was performed on the grandmother at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Although the case remains under investigation, there are no other suspects at this time.