By Joseph Stepansky: He wrapped his dead grandmother in plastic garbage bags to hide the smell of her decomposing body before dumping it on the floor in her Queens home.
The grandson surrounded the woman’s body with air fresheners, sprayed the area with Febreze and added more layers of garbage bags — 16 in all — as the stench got worse, police sources said. He also covered her in paint to help tamp down the smell.
A lawyer for one of the dead woman’s daughters asked cops to perform a wellness check at the home on 65th St. near 68th Ave. in Ridgewood. Cops arrived about 6 p.m. Wednesday. And that’s when Christopher Fuhrer, 30, led cops to a second-floor bedroom where they found the body of 85-year-old Erika Kraus-Breslin. The body was in a corner near a fan.
A police source said Fuhrer quickly admitted that his grandmother died on May 21. He never called 911, fearing he would be booted from the home after the elderly woman’s death. The grandmother took Fuhrer in when he was just 17, down on his luck and with no other place to live.
Authorities charged the grandson with improper body disposal and failure to report her death — each a misdemeanor punishable by a $10,000 fine or a year in jail.
Recounting the events of the day before his grandmother died, Fuhrer told police he rolled her onto her stomach to relieve her bed sores and left the room. Cops are investigating whether that may have killed her.
The city medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how Kraus-Breslin died.
“It’s a suspicious death,” a police source said at the scene.