Scott County

Not guilty plea in mummified body case

GEORGETOWN — A Kentucky man accused of leaving his wheelchair-dependent sister's mummified body in his car trunk pleaded not guilty to a felony Thursday.

Timothy Allen Brown, 30, pleaded not guilty in Scott County District Court to knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult. He also pleaded not guilty to endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor related to his 8-year-old son. Police said the boy was removed from Brown's apartment in September after social workers found filthy conditions there.

Police said they found 31-year-old Penny Brown's body when they towed her brother's car to Georgetown from St. Louis, more than 300 miles away. Someone complained that the car had been left on a street for days but it wasn't clear how it ended up there.

Penny Brown's body, wrapped in quilts and plastic, was so decomposed the state medical examiner's office was unable to determine a cause of death.

The body may have been in Timothy Brown's apartment in Georgetown for up to two years, police said. He signed his sister out of a nursing home in 2006.

Georgetown Police Chief Greg Reeves said the deplorable conditions inside the apartment included human feces on the floor.

Brown remains jailed on $12,000 bond and is due back in court Nov. 13. A message seeking comment was left with public defender Doug Crickmer.