Boardman man accused of hiding mom’s death receiving mental evaluation

Phillip Bergman's attorney indicated that he may file a not guilty by reason of insanity plea

Philip Bergman was in court Tuesday morning with his lawyer. He is charged with abuse of a corpse and failure to report a death.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Boardman man accused of hiding his dead mother’s body in a garage will undergo a mental evaluation.

Philip Bergman was in court Tuesday morning with his lawyer. He is charged with abuse of a corpse and failure to report a death.

He was arrested earlier this month after neighbors called police to report they were worried about Bergman’s mother Jacqueline, who they hadn’t seen in awhile. The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office found that Jacqueline Berman died of blood loss due to a broken femur and found no evidence that someone had caused that injury.

Jacqueline Bergman had gone to court years ago to have her son declared incompetent.

On Tuesday morning, Bergman’s attorney indicated that he may file a not guilty plea, by reason of insanity, depending on the results of his evaluation.

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