Springfield woman accused of not reporting dead body

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A woman is accused of taking care of a dog while leaving a decomposing man on the floor.

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A Springfield woman is accused of taking care of a dog while leaving a decomposing man on the floor.

Lisa Sisler, 53, was charged with failure to report a crime or knowledge of a death or burn injury in Clark County Municipal Court. She appeared in court this week and pleaded not guilty. Her bond was set at $1,000.

Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to an apartment on Oct. 6 on South Burnett Road.

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“Officers arrived on scene with medics who once in the apartment located a body that was decomposing on the floor,” the affidavit says. A witness told police the apartment belonged to a man who was in the hospital and the victim had been staying there along with a woman.

The witness said the woman had been at the Springfield Regional Medical Center for the past few days, and was just released.

“At which time she contacted friends and they drove her over to (the apartment) to get items she left in the apartment and upon entering the apartment located the victim and called 911,” the affidavit says.

Officers found a small dog locked in the bedroom while processing the scene, the affidavit says.

“… it appeared that someone had been coming in and taking the dog in and out while the victim lay decomposing,” the affidavit says. “The victim (Steven Rafferty) was removed and transported to Montgomery County Coroners Office for an autopsy that was completed.”

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Through an investigation, officers found that Sisler had warrants and was arrested, according to the affidavit. She was interviewed Oct. 15 after being arrested on the warrant.

“At which time she stated she was in the apartment when the victim overdosed and that she called 911 on the victim’s cell phone and then handed the phone to a witness and left because she had a warrant,” the affidavit says. “Defendant Sisler stated she did return to the apartment on Oct. 5 and found the victim still laying on the floor, but did not call 911.”

She was charged in December.

Also, investigators said a witness saw her letting the dog in and out of the house during that time period. A next court date has not been set in the case.

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