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Police: Vegas woman drugged adult son to death

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A Las Vegas woman found unconscious next to the decomposing body of her adult son was charged with murder in connection with his death.

According to a Las Vegas Metro police arrest report, 51-year-old Joanne Hafer was found unconscious at the home she rents in the 6100 block of Castlemont Avenue, near East Carey Avenue and Mt. Hood Street, on July 27.

A person who also resides at the home told police, in the report, he heard someone yelling for help before calling for officers.

The report said officers had to break down the plywood leading to the room where Hafer and her son Matthew were. In the report, officers found Joanne Hafer on the floor while Matthew Hafer was seated on a recliner, deceased.

Officers also found several notes and envelopes in the room signifying a will was left as well as final instructions. In addition, police found several prescription pill bottles and a white powdery substance on Matthew Hafer's shirt and pants.

Joanne Hafer was taken to North Vista Hospital.

Residents living at the home with the Hafers told police, in the report, Matthew Hafer had the demeanor of a small child and required supervision from his mother. In addition, Matthew Hafer, according to those residents in the report, had consistent seizures.

Police went on to make contact with a person whom Joanne Hafer sent a letter to before the 911 call. Police said the letter contained instructions for the cremation of Joanne Hafer's and Matthews Hafer's bodies.

In addition, the report stated the letter said, "Matthew is unable to live on his own due to his disabilities … My decision to take our lives does not come without a lot of thought and consideration."

Police later pressed Joanne Hafer, who was recovering at the hospital.

Joanne Hafer told police she dissolved an unknown amount of medication in water and gave the mixture to Matthew Hafer in order to sicken him. She also took the medication in an attempted suicide, police stated in the report.

Later, police confronted Joanne Hafer about the letter. Police said that at first she denied having written it. Police said Joanne Hafer eventually admitted to writing the letter and took responsibility for Matthew Hafer's death.

Joanne Hafer was booked in absentia into Clark County Detention Center on a count of murder.

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