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A San Dimas woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to an elder abuse charge stemming from the death of her 77-year-old mother-in-law, whose remains were found inside bags inside the defendant’s SUV.

Un Young Lee, 44, entered her plea to elder abuse causing the death of Young Ja Lee, along with one count of arson of an inhabited dwelling, and was immediately sentenced to nine years in state prison.

Authorities have said the Diamond Bar woman died of sudden cardiac arrest sometime between March 23-25, 2015, after suffering blunt force trauma to the head “during a physical altercation.”

The investigation began after Los Angeles County fire crews responded around 1:30 a.m. on March 25, 2015, to a fire at the victim’s home in the 1200 block of North Diamond Bar Boulevard. Fire crews searched the home after dousing the flames and did not find anyone inside, and arson investigators were called to try to determine how the blaze started.

Investigators received a tip that a woman may have killed the female resident of the home and driven away with the woman’s body.

Un Young Lee was stopped about 6 1/2 hours later at the intersection of Tustin Ranch Road and Greenway Drive in Tustin, and her mother-in-law’s remains were found inside bags that were inside the SUV, authorities said.

A murder count against the defendant was dismissed as a result of her plea.

–City News Service 

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