Maria Diaz, 77, was found in the south alley of the 4000 block of West Victory between Evergreen Street and Pass Avenue at 10:41 a.m.
Her son, Moises Diaz, was arrested for murder and was held on $1 million bond. Maria Diaz and Moises Diaz were living in a Burbank apartment, Burbank Police said.
The cause of death was not immediately released.
Anyone who may have been in that alley between 6 p.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Monday is asked to contact the Burbank Police Department at (818) 238-3210.