30 July 2019
Bonnie Joslin, 34, is accused of suffocating her mother, Mona Davis, 53, June 5 at the Madison Square Apartments in Anderson and stashing Davis' body inside trash bags in a closet. Joslin was charged July 24.
Joslin was in custody at the Madison County Jail on an auto theft charge when she is said to have discussed her mother's death with the informant.
According to the affidavit, the informant told police that Joslin and her mother tried to purchase spice or synthetic marijuana. They began to argue in the living room when Joslin allegedly put a pillow over her mother's face and held it there until she stopped moving.
"Bonnie spoke of hearing her mother's last 'death gurgle,'" Crenshaw wrote. "Mona's dead body laid on the carpet for days. Bodily fluids began to leak, so Bonnie eventually placed her mother's body in trash bags."
The affidavit says the informant told police Joslin claimed to have opened the apartment's windows and turned on the air conditioner due to the smell, which Crenshaw wrote he confirmed when he first visited the scene June 20 on a welfare check on Davis.
"Officers noticed a strong odor emitting from the apartment which was associated with a decomposing-dead body," Crenshaw wrote.
Joslin was arrested June 21 in New Castle for allegedly driving a stolen truck. The affidavit says Joslin said her mother had left for Florida on June 17, along with a man, a bag of clothes and the cremated remains of a family dog named Brutus. The man denied to police he was with Davis, while police later found Brutus' urn at the apartment.
Police interviewed Joslin on July 24. The affidavit says she spoke of "black-outs and mental disorders" and had little memory of other facts, other than that she purchased some face masks that were found in the truck and apartment. Officers asked who could have hurt her mother.
"Bonnie said, 'Probably me,'" Crenshaw wrote.