Pregnant woman found dead inside abandoned home on Detroit's southwest side

Posted at 5:05 AM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 11:18:30-04

Detroit police are investigating after a pregnant woman was found dead inside an abandoned home on the city's southwest side. 

Police say Amanda Benton's body was discovered in an abandoned home  on Friday, a week after she was reported missing.

A 16-year-old is behind bars in connection to her death.

Family members of the 29-year-old mother of four held a candlelight vigil Sunday night. They tell us Benton was suffering with addiction and was ready to turn her life around through rehab.

But the day before she was expected to check-in, she went missing.

The Melvindale woman's body was found in southwest Detroit, at a home on Vanderbilt Street near W. Jefferson. Her sister asks Michigan families to open their eyes to the cost of addiction.

"Everyone suffers from some kind of addiction, alcohol, gambling, anything -- or has a family member struggling. It's a demon. It's not something they can just get rid of and they need help," said Jessica Mason, sister of the victim.

The 16-year-old is expected to be formally charged today.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for expenses.