The body of an elderly woman lay in a home in Sydney's north-west for several months while her daughter stole money from her bank account, police allege.
The 48-year-old daughter was arrested at a hotel in The Rocks on Thursday and was charged with failing to report the death of her 83-year-old mother and dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception.
Police were called to the home on Alessandra Drive in Kellyville on Friday afternoon last week after a real estate agent found the body of the elderly woman lying in a bedroom.
Melissa Peacock, whose mother's body was found in a bedroom at their Kellyville home. Photo: NSW Police
There were no visible signs of injury on her body, police said.
A post-mortem was carried out and concluded that the elderly woman had been dead for several months. Police have not revealed how she died.
The woman's daughter, who was the elderly woman's primary carer, was nowhere to be found, police said.
Detectives from The Hills local area command set up a crime scene at the home and established Strike Force Youman to investigate the elderly woman's death and the disappearance of her daughter.
At 11.50am on Thursday, police said they went to a hotel in The Rocks where they arrested the elderly woman's daughter.
She was taken to Day Street Police Station where she was charged with failing to report a death and dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception.
Police will allege the woman had fraudulently withdrawn money from her dead mother's bank accounts on a number of occasions.
The woman was refused bail and is due to appear in Central Local Court on Friday.
Police said investigations into the incident were ongoing.