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Woman charged with murder after body parts found in Long Island

Leah Cuevas was charged with killing missing Brooklyn mother Chinelle Latoya Browne, whose partially-dismembered body was found in Long Island this month.

long island body parts woman charged murder Leah Cuevas Leah Cuevas, pictured, was charged with killing missing Brooklyn mother Chinelle Latoya Browne, whose partially-dismembered body was found in Long Island this month.
Credit: Suffolk County Police Department

A 42-year-old woman was charged with killing a missing Brooklyn mother whose partially-dismembered body was found in Long Island this month.

Leah Cuevas faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Chinelle Latoya Browne, 27, after the mother of four was last seen July 5, NBC 4 New York reports.

Browne's body was found by Fire Island ferry riders on July 8 in a vacant parking lot in Bay Shore, Long Island, with her legs partially cut off, sources told NBC.

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The judge at her arraignment in Islip on Thursday said Cuevas was "charged with the worst conduct a human can be charged with," NBC reported. She was held without bail.

Prosecutors believe Browne was killed in Brownsville, where she lived in the same building as Cuevas, and her body was dumped on Long Island.

After the remains were found in the parking lot, a human head and two arms were also found in various areas of Hempstead Village, according to multiple reports.

Tests are being done to determine if the body parts matched Browne. Investigators are also trying to determine if a second person helped dispose of Browne's body, NBC reported.

Cuevas was apprehended by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday. Information on Cuevas' attorney was not immediately available, according to NBC.

 
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