Leah Cuevas charged in murder of Brooklyn woman Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne

Police say Cueveas lived in the same apartment

Police say Cueveas lived in the same apartment building as Browne, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville. (Credit: News 12)

SMITHTOWN - A Brooklyn woman has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the dismembered body found in Bay Shore earlier this month.

Leah Cuevas, 42, was arraigned this afternoon and held without bail.

Police say the dismembered woman found in Bay Shore has been identified as Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, also of Brooklyn. The body was found in Bay Shore on July 8. Her arms and head were found in separate locations in Hempstead in the following days.

Browne's husband, Dale Browne, says she got into an argument with her landlord before she went missing. He says his wife also got into arguments regularly in the building she lived in and that Cuevas called herself the landlord.

Browne, who was at the arraignment Thursday, said what hurts him the most is when the prosecutor described the words that she screamed out.

According to prosecutors, Chinelle Browne pleaded for her life saying, "No Leah. No Leah. What you doing? Oh no. Oh no. I'm sorry. I'm sorry."

The ADA says the chilling screams were overheard by a tenant who lived in the apartment building with Browne and Cuevas, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville.

In court, prosecutors said Cuevas angrily confronted Browne on July 4 over non-payment of rent and utilities. On July 5, witnesses saw Browne entering the apartment and then heard a confrontation.

According to prosecutors, Browne's torso was found less than 1 mile from Cuevas' sister's house in Bay Shore.

Detectives are not yet saying if Cuevas had any help or if she was the one who dismembered Browne's body and scattered her head and arms across Long Island.

Cuevas faces a maximum of 25 years to life if convicted.

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