Rent collector accused of killing, dismembering Brooklyn mom

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LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) -- Body parts found strewn across Long Island have been identified as those of a missing Brooklyn mother, and an arrest has made in the grisly case, authorities said Thursday.

Leah Cuevas, 42, was arrested in connection with the slaying of Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, a mother of four who vanished July 5.

The 27-year-old victim was first reported missing by her husband, who lives in Guyana with the couple’s four children.

Prosecutors allege that Cuevas began collecting rents at the Brownsville building on Sumpter Street where she and Browne lived after the landlord died.

Cuevas allegedly stabbed Browne in the neck during an argument after Browne refused to hand over money, authorities said.

She then allegedly decapitated the victim, prosecutors said in a felony complaint. Browne's blood was found in the suspect's apartment.

Neighbors told investigators they heard Browne scream, "Oh no! What are you doing?" during the altercation, then silence.

Shortly after Browne disappeared, there was a disturbing trend of body parts scattered across Long Island, found over three consecutive days.

A couple on July 8 was walking to the Fire Island ferry in Bay Shore when they discovered a human torso near a parking lot on Gibson Street.

The next day, a human arm still in a shirtsleeve was found dumped on the front lawn of a home in Hempstead.  The day after that, a second arm was discovered, this time laying near the doorstep of a second home in Hempstead.

Cuevas has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bail.

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