Son taken to psych ward after allegedly stabbing and killing mother, 91, who he reportedly thought was a mannequin
After a 91-year-old woman was found dead inside her Gravesend home on Wednesday, the victim’s son was taken into custody by cops and taken for psychological evaluation, police said.
Police received a call to a 26th Avenue address where a relative of Petrina Masotto had reported an assault. When officers arrived at the scene, Masotto was found unconscious.
Masotto’s 55-year-old son was taken into custody and transported to Coney Island Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said.
The son — who lives in the upstairs apartment — did not tell anyone his mother was dead for two days, police sources told the Eagle. He started to stab his mother’s leg with a knife to see if she was alive because he thought she was a mannequin, the source said.
Masotto’s cause of death will be determined by the city’s medical examiner. The investigation is ongoing, police said.
Additional reporting by Mark Mellone.