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NJ man accused of killing mom with poker

A New Jersey man has been charged with murder for allegedly killing his elderly mother with a poker, authorities said.

Patrick Maupai, 40, called 911 late Saturday to report that he had attacked his 79-year-old mother at a home in Dumont with a rigid baton that was used to start fires, according to Bergen County prosecutors.

Police officers responded to the New Milford Avenue residence just before midnight and found Maupai on the front lawn while on the phone with a dispatcher, Bergen County Attorney Mark Musella said.

Maupai’s mother, whose identity has not been released, was then found lifeless on the living room floor, covered in blood and with multiple lacerations to her face, Musella said.

Maupai, who is unemployed, was immediately arrested by Dumont police officers. A subsequent investigation found he killed his mother with a poker, Musella said.

What preceded the attack is unclear. A message asking for additional comments from prosecutors was not immediately returned early Monday.

The single-family home where the murder took place is across from Dumont High School, NorthJersey.com reported.
The single-family home where the murder took place is across from Dumont High School, NorthJersey.com reported.
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The single-family home where the murder took place is across from Dumont High School, NorthJersey.com reported.

“I’m reeling,” said a neighbor of the outlet.

Jean Nichols said residents of the “small bedroom community” mostly keep to themselves, but believes the victim moved in within the last decade.

“That doesn’t happen at Dumont,” Nichols said. “I bought this home new 55 years ago and it is wonderful to live in this community. There has never been any crime here.”

Another neighbor told the outlet that the murdered woman, who lived in the home, rarely came outside. No one answered the door on Sunday, NorthJersey.com reported.

Maupai, who lived in the home with his mother, was charged with first-degree murder and weapons offenses. He is being held without bond before his first court appearance. It’s unclear if he has hired an attorney to comment on his behalf.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/25/nj-man-accused-of-killing-mother-with-fire-poker/ NJ man accused of killing mom with poker

JACLYN DIAZ

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