WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — A Connecticut man has been charged with murder and cruelty to persons after the decomposed body of his 86-year-old mother was found in their home.
Wethersfield police announced on Friday that they arrested 59-year-old John Waszynski on Thursday. He had been detained on a $150,000 bail pending arraignment Friday in New Britain Superior Court.
At his arraignment Friday, a judge set the suspect’s bond at $1 million on the murder charge and $5,000 for the cruelty charge.
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Authorities also confirmed the identity of the victim — Krystyna Waszynski — and revealed that the cause of death was neck compression and blunt trauma. The medical examiner’s office hasn’t been able to determine exactly when she died.
Police say officers found the victim’s body in the family’s home on May 14 after a relative requested a well-being check.
It’s not clear if John Waszynski has a lawyer. The suspect was arrested back in 1998 for third-degree assault on a person over 60 — the victim, his father. Court documents indicate he may have a history of mental illness and, according to his brother, he’s been off his medication.
Though they could never have predicted anything like what the court documents allege, some neighbors said they had their suspicions about Waszynski.
“We heard they call him the harmless hermit,” said Rita Brown.
“He has had pallets of lime and he has been spreading it like crazy,” said Eric Pace. “Every couple of hours, he’s out there spreading.”
The Wethersfield man is due back in court June 6.
Bob Wilson reporting