A dad charged with murdering his pregnant daughter allegedly lived with her corpse for days before his arrest.
The body of Anndrea Caruth was found stuff stuffed inside a crawlspace next to her father’s basement apartment, police said.
The 39-year-old, who was found with a rope wrapped around her throat and torso, struggled to survive in the last minutes of her life, the Daily News reported.
Police said William Caruth, 61, had bite marks on both hands and a cut on the bridge of his nose when he was taken into custody.
Valentina Caiazzo, the previous owner of the family’s apartment, told the News: “She really fought for her life.
“(Anndrea) was the nicest person. I thought she was good … this is a shocker.”
Mum-to-be Anndrea disappeared on Sunday morning.
Her body was found, partially buried in gravel, by a cadaver-sniffing dog inside the Baychester, New York, home about 3am on Wednesday, police said.
She had been strangled and smashed in the head, suffering skull fractures and brain injuries.
Police allege that after killing his daughter, her father broke up a concrete floor inside a closet and dumped her body into the crawlspace.
He then placed a piece of plywood and a rug over the hole — but the smell of the body wafted into the house, sources told the Daily News .
A machete and a hammer were recovered from the home, and two additional buckets of gravel were found outside the residence on Corsa Avenue.
Caruth, who was visited by police on five occasions for domestic incidents between 2001 and 2013, was also charged with manslaughter after police uncovered his daughter’s remains. She was five months pregnant.
There was a dispute between the father and daughter over a second mortgage taken out on the home by Anndrea Caruth, with the dad apparently giving the cash to someone else, one source said.
Records indicate the murdered daughter, four years after taking out a mortgage on the property, took out a larger $280,000 (£191,000) mortgage in 2006.