Family: Police blew off investigation after mother found dead

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 1:52 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - The family of a woman who was found dead on Thursday afternoon is unhappy with how police are handling her case.

Myesha Gant discovered the body of her mother, Sandra Gant, on the floor of Sandra's bedroom at a second floor apartment in the 4400 block Labadie Avenue. Myesha said it is clear her mother's death is not the result of natural causes.

Myesha suspected foul play when she discovered her mother's body. She said an officer arrived at 3 p.m. and told her he did not believe her death was suspicious.

"I'm sitting here, and I'm telling them there is a bloody rag, right there is a bloody rag on the couch. There are cleaning supplies. She's on the floor. My mama doesn't sleep on the floor," Gant said.

Myesha Gant says police were then called a second time.  A few hours after that call, the crime scene unit arrived.

"I can't say whether it was sudden death or not. My position right now is that there should be an organized way when they find someone dead ," said Angela Quick, Sandra Gant's sister.

Police told News 4 it is too early to determine if foul play was involved. For now, they are describing the case as "a sudden death that is still under investigation."

On Friday, the family said the medical examiner's office told them it appeared Gant was dead for three days before being discovered.

A supervisor with the St. Louis Police Department instructed the officer who arrived on the scene initially to apologize for "brushing" off the case. That officer apologized late Thursday night.

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