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Maywood teen charged; mom found dismembered

An 18-year-old Maywood man on Saturday led police to a freezer containing what was believed to be his mother's body.

February 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Maywood teenager accused of killing and dismembering his mother was formally charged with murder on Tuesday.

Moises Meraz-Espinoza, 18, is scheduled to be arraigned in the afternoon.

Authorities say he admitted to killing his mother, 42-year-old Miralda Espinoza. Her body was found stuffed in a freezer in their Maywood apartment over the weekend.

The L.A. County Coroner's Office revealed that Espinoza died of asphyxia and neck compression.