Crime & Safety

Mother’s weekend visit to her son takes a shocking turn, and he calls 911 to report he found her beaten up; police arrived only to find out the son wasn’t telling everything

A recent case has drawn significant attention due to the nature of the crime, the complex relationship between the accused and the victim, and emerging inconsistencies in the son’s version of events. As investigators delve deeper, the community and the nation await clarity on a tragic episode that underscores the unpredictable and sometimes volatile dynamics within families.

A 23-year-old man, Michael, was arrested on allegations of fatally assaulting his mother, 51-year-old Elena, during her weekend visit to his residence. Authorities have charged Michael with one count of assault and battery on a household or family member and one count of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury.

District Attorney Marianand Police Department Superintendent Greg Hudon conveyed through a press release that the incident transpired at Michael’s home. Officers, acting on a distress call in the early hours of Monday, July 17, discovered Elena at the apartment complex with evident facial injuries and other trauma. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The 911 caller was later identified as Michael.

The press release further detailed that during the visit, an altercation transpired that is believed to have led to Elena sustaining grave injuries, especially to her head and neck. The case has been forwarded to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for further examination.

A neighbor said that she was watching the scene after the police arrived and that Michael was acting out of sorts.

“He was out of his mind,” the neighbor reportedly said. “He was just screaming and acting strange.”

Michael made a court appearance before District Court Judge Daniel C. Assistant District Attorney Yashmeen D. urged the court to hold him without bond, signaling the possibility of forthcoming enhanced charges.

A police report reportedly states that when Michael called 911, he told the emergency dispatcher that he had simply “discovered” his mother “down on the floor” in his apartment and that she “appeared to have been beaten up. The dispatcher instructed him to begin CPR, and he was reportedly performing chest compressions on the 51-year-old woman when police first arrived.

The first officer on the scene told detectives that Michael’s mother had significant “swelling and bruising around her face,” and her right eye was particularly blackened. She also appeared “very pale,” was “cold to the touch,” and had “blood pooling around her back,” according to reports. A detective reportedly noted that such details were indicative of the victim “being in the spot for a much longer time than [Michael] said.”

When questioned about what had happened, Michael reportedly conceded that he was the only other person in the house that day but then refused to answer any questions without his lawyer or his father present. Police then let him know that his mother was dead and he “fell to the floor,” which is when the officers noted that he had injuries and bruises on both of his hands.

Assistant District Attorney Yashmeen during the hearing reportedly told the court that Michael’s injuries were “consistent with having been in a recent struggle.”

“The defendant’s claim that she was breathing moments earlier was inconsistent with the officers’ observations on scene,” she said. “It was more consistent with a physical struggle that resulted in her death.”

However, Michael’s defense attorney countered that the case was “speculative” and lacked concrete evidence linking Michael to the victim’s injuries. The court ordered Michael to be held without bond.

Lowell Bowen

From the time he was 8 years old Lowell knew he wanted to be on TV. Well, as people say one thing leads to another, that's how Lowell started his career in the news industry. Lowell has been part of The South Florida Daily since the very beginning.

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