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NJ woman, 79, killed by her poker-wielding son, reports say

DUMONT — A 79-year-old woman died after being attacked by a man with a fire poker, prosecutors say.

Bergen County District Attorney Mark Musella said the victim was found at his Dumont home at 124 New Milford Avenue across from Dumont High School shortly before midnight Saturday. She was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center and pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

Dumont police responded to a 911 call reporting the attack, Musella said. The call indicated that the woman had been struck by the poker of a 40-year-old man.

First responders identified the victim as Linda Maupai, The daily voice reported.

The outlet also reported that the accused assailant was Patrick Maupai, the victim’s 40-year-old son. Maupai allegedly called 911 and admitted hitting his mother in the head with the poker.

Authorities have not yet identified the victim or assailant and will not release further information. The death is being investigated as a homicide, Musella said.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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