No charges to be filed against son, daughter of woman who allegedly hid body parts in flower pots
Prosecutors will not files charges against the son and daughter of a woman accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, cutting up his body and hiding his head and arms in two flower pots, a San Bernardino district attorney’s spokeswoman said Friday.
While authorities continued to hold Carmen Montenegro, of Riverside, on a charge of murdering Samuel Wiggins Jr., the prosecutors’ decision means her son and daughter will go free.
Daniel Ortiz, 26, and Chanel Ortiz, 25, had been arrested Wednesday in Ontario on suspicion of helping their mother dispose of Wiggins’ body.
Montenegro, whose legal last name is Montelongo but was booked under Montenegro, was arrested Sunday after allegedly exhuming body parts she had buried in a cousin’s backyard in Ontario and tried to dump them in a bin outside a nearby house.
But watchful neighbors alerted authorities, who discovered the body minus the head and arms.
David Hidalgo, a San Bernardino County supervising deputy district attorney, said the victim’s body was sawed into pieces.
“She put the head in one flower pot and arms in another flower pot, filled them with potting soil and then delivered them to a relative’s home in Bell Gardens,” Hidalgo said.
Wiggins’ family reported him missing May 1. Neighbors told authorities Montenegro was seen going in and out of his Diamond Bar home after he disappeared.
Montenegro allegedly used his credit cards, his ATM card and his car after his disappearance.
Investigators found signs of a violent struggle at the Diamond Bar home, where the carpet had been replaced and blood detected underneath. Hidalgo said the old carpet was recovered at the Riverside home where Montenegro had been living.
“We're testing it, but we believe it will show the Diamond Bar home is where the murder occurred,” he said.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Carmen Montenegro. Credit: Ontario Police Department