PROSECUTOR: Dumont Widow, 79, bludgeoned to death with Fireplace Poker
UPDATE: A man accused of brutally bludgeoning his 79-year-old mother with a fireplace poker called 911 to report the crime, Bergen County District Attorney Mark Musella said.
Responding officers found Patrick Maupai, 40, on the lawn of the New Milford Avenue home he shared with his mother, Linda Maupai, across from Dumont High School shortly before midnight Sunday.
He was still on the phone talking with the dispatcher, the prosecutor said.
Maupai had admitted hitting his mother with the iron, Musella said. He also told the dispatcher that he believed she was dead.
Inside the house, the police discovered a gruesome scene on the living room floor, which is best not described.
They retrieved the poker, which was bent – an indication of how hard it had been swung, responders said.
Members of the Dumont Volunteer Ambulance Corps took Linda Maupai to Hackensack University Medical Center after attempting to revive her with the help of doctors from Holy Name Medical Center.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:50 a.m.
Patrick Maupai, single and unemployed, was immediately seized, Musella said.
He remained in the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus on Sunday, charged with knowing and intentional murder and weapons offenses.
A first appearance was scheduled before the Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Detectives from the Musella Major Crimes Unit are investigating with Dumont Police and the Sheriff’s Criminal Identification Bureau, which collected the alleged murder weapon, among other evidence.
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