WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (TCD) -- A 65-year-old woman faces several charges after she allegedly killed her mother by beating her with a broomstick.
Salem County Jail records show Loretta Barr is in custody on suspicion of aggravated manslaughter, unlawful possession of a weapon, and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.
According to court documents cited by NJ.com, on Aug. 6, Barr allegedly got into an argument with her mother, Florence Dicriscio. Washington Township Police reportedly responded to their residence on Woodmont Circle for a domestic dispute because Barr allegedly grabbed her mom and then fell on top of her. Dicriscio allegedly told police Barr hit her "several times on her side and head" with the broomstick.
Police reportedly noted Dicriscio "showed signs of injury to both arms." She was taken to Jefferson Washington Township Hospital where emergency room doctors reportedly said Dicriscio suffered broken ribs, a brain bleed, and compacted vertebrae. Dicriscio was reportedly transported to a hospital in Philadelphia, where she died. The Grasso Funeral Home reports she passed away Aug. 9.
WTXF-TV reports the autopsy determined Dicriscio suffered blunt force trauma to the head and body, and her death was ruled a homicide.