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COCOA, Fla. – A Florida man is accused of failing to report the death of his 80-year-old mother, and may have lived with the woman’s corpse for weeks, authorities said.

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Robert Edward Ruhlander, 53, of Cocoa, was charged with failure to report a death to the medical examiner and neglect of an elderly or disabled adult with great harm, according to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.

According to Brevard County online court records, an arrest affidavit stated that officers with the Cocoa Police Department responded to Ruhlander’s home at 11:12 a.m. EST, on Jan. 1 after a grandchild of 80-year-old Kathleen Ruhlander asked for a welfare check.

Family members said they had tried to get inside Robert Ruhlander’s home but were prevented by the suspect, WFTV reported.

Police returned to the residence at 12:50 p.m. EST after a second grandchild of Kathleen Ruhlander requested a welfare check, court records state.

The second grandchild told police that when she asked to speak to her grandmother on the telephone, Robert Ruhlander told her that his mother was “taking a nap.”

Robert Ruhlander allegedly refused the officer’s request to enter the home, but the law enforcement official returned at 3:44 p.m. and arrested the suspect on a charge of non-support of children or spouse.

Officers then did a “safety sweep” around the home to determine if anyone was inside the residence, according to the affidavit. Police entered the home after obtaining a search warrant and discovered that the home did not have running water. They also found the body of Kathleen Ruhlander’s body on a bed, court records state.

Robert Ruhlander was being held at the Brevard County Jail, with bail set at $5,500, online records show.

He will be arraigned on Jan. 26, according to court records.