Prosecutors have charged seven people after the mummified body of the leader of a spiritual group called Love Has Won was found decorated with Christmas lights and glitter in what appeared to be a shrine in a southern Colorado, USA home.
Amy Carlson, 45, who was known as “Mother God” by her followers, was found dead in a home in the tiny, rural town of Moffat on April 28, according to arrest affidavits.
Each of the defendants is facing charges related to tampering with or abusing a corpse as well as child abuse.
They appeared in court virtually on Wednesday to be advised of the charges, which were filed on May 6.
A coroner’s office has not said how or when Ms Carlson died.
One of Ms Carlson’s followers, who has not been charged, told investigators that he took in the group because they needed a place to stay, and he found the body in a back bedroom when he returned home from a trip to Denver.