Saturday, November 21, 2009
Mother and son found dead in Corona closet
From Eyewitness News:
The bodies of a woman and her teenage son have been discovered in a closet at a Queens apartment.
Police haven't released the names of the 55-year-old woman and 14-year-old boy.
They said that officers responding to a 911 call on Saturday found the bodies inside the apartment on 111th Street in the Corona section.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown tells the Daily News that officers were called to the apartment after a man told a co-worker that "he had cut the throat of his wife."
The city's medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
No arrests have been made.
More from the NY Times:
The man, Otto Herrarte, 48, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder after he was questioned at the 115th Precinct station house on Northern Boulevard, the police said.
During questioning, Mr. Herrarte, a cleaner at a Manhattan hotel, indicated that he had killed his wife and son by slashing their throats on a mattress on Friday before he hid the bodies, the police said.
The police said they were called to Mr. Herrarte’s apartment by one of his co-workers, who dialed 911 about 12:54 p.m. to say that she was with Mr. Herrarte and that he had told her about the bodies.
Earlier in the day, the police said, Mr. Herrarte had asked the woman to join him in taking the 15-year-old to a relative’s house.
The woman did so and returned with Mr. Herrarte to the apartment, where he told her about the bodies in the closet, the police said. It was in the apartment’s living room, which was also serving as a bedroom.