ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. -

Macomb County mother Donna Scrivo was quiet Monday as she made her way into court.

She appeared distraught as she was charged with dismemberment and removal of a body. That body is her son, 32-year-old Ramsay Scrivo.

Ramsay's remains were found Thursday in five different bags scattered along roads in China Township, St. Clair County. That happened just days after Donna Scrivo had filed a missing persons report for her son. She said he had simply vanished.

"At this point all we can prove is the dead body's disinterment, mutilation and the removing of a dead body without medical examiner's permission. That's what we can prove at this point," said St. Clair Shores police.

There are no murder charges but investigators believe the mother not only killed her son but she later cut up his body and severed his head.

Donna Scrivo, who will turn 59 years old on Tuesday, moved in with her son last year after a fire at her home. Police were familiar with the family and their troubles.

Woman faces charges in son's dismemberment case

IN COURT A FEW HOURS AGO. MORE ON THE CRUCIAL EVIDENCE TAKEN FROM HER HOME. Hank: WE'RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE EVIDENCE INSIDE THE HOME, THIS INVESTIGATION NOW TAKING A BIG STEP FORWARD. BUT IT IS FAR FROM OVER. SHE WAS AN EVERYDAY MOM AND CARED ABOUT HER SON. Hank: THOSE CLOSEST TO DONNA AND HER SON RAMSAY CAN'T MAKE SENSE OF THIS HORRIBLE CRIME. IT'S A SAD SITUATION, AND FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. Hank: TONIGHT, THIS MACOMB COUNTY MOTHER IS IN HER OWN CELL ON SUICIDE WATCH INSIDE THE MACOMB COUNTY JAIL. SHE WAS CHARGED TODAY WITH DISMEMBERMENT AND REMOVAL OF A BODY. THIS, AFTER HER SON'S REMAINS WERE FOUND IN SEVERAL BAGS ALONG THE ROAD IN CHINA TOWNSHIP LAST WEEK. THE CITIZENS OBSERVED THINGS VITAL TO THE INVESTIGATION AND HELPED US AS FAR AS WITH A TIME LINE ON THINGS. THEIR INPUT IN THIS WAS VERY, VERY VALUABLE AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. Hank: SHE FIRST REPORTED HER SON MISSING LAST WEEK AND POLICE DIDN'T BUY HER STORY. DAYS LATER, THE REMAINS DISCOVERED. AND THEN INSIDE RAMSAY SCRIVO'S HOME, POLICE DISCOVERED THE INSTRUMENTS THEY BELIEVE THE MOTHER USED TO DISMEMBER HER SON AND FOUND BLEACH PRODUCTS. SOURCES SAY IT APPEARS SHE WORKED TO CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE HOME YET THEY FOUND TRACES OF BLOOD IN HER CAR AND ALSO INSIDE THE HOME. WHAT'S THE MOTIVE FOR MURDER? THOSE CLOSEST TO HER SAY SHE WAS UNDER AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF PRESSURE. THESE DOCUMENTS SHOW SHE PETITIONED THE COURT LAST YEAR, HOPING TO HAVE HIM COMMITTED TO A MENTAL HOSPITAL. HE HAD A VARIETY OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. HER HUSBAND DIED LAST FALL AND SHE HAD A FIRE IN HER OWN HOME AND THAT'S WHEN SHE DECIDED TO MOVE IN WITH HER SON. BACK OUT HERE LIVE. THIS CASE IS ONGOING. NO MURDER CHARGE TODAY BUT DON'T THINK THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE SHE IS NOT ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING HER SON BUT ALSO DISMEMBERING HIS BODY AND PLACING HIS REMAINS IN GARBAGE BAGS ALONG THE ROADWAY IN CHINA TOWNSHIP.

According to documents obtained by the Local 4 Defenders, Donna Scrivo had been trying to take control of Ramsay's mental health issues. She filed paperwork with the court last year asking for him to be committed to a hospital. She also asked to be appointed his guardian.


Donna Scrivo


Ramsay Scrivo