A 12-year-old London boy, relishing his new-found freedom, left his mother dying on the floor for a week while telling neighbors she was "out."
"This is a totally bizarre story," coroner Dr. John Burton said ruling that the 45-year-old woman, who was not named, died of natural causes. Doctors said she suffered a stroke.
Burton said she "would have died, anyway" but that she had lain unattended in her house for a week before suspicious neighbors ignored the son's claims that she was "just up the road" and burst into the house.
The boy told a friend who noticed the body that it was a blow-up dummy his father had bought from America. The boy used the time to invite friends home and use her money to buy them gifts and toys, the inquest was told.