A man charged in connection with the death of his 80-year-old mother at their Lynn, Massachusetts, home pleaded not guilty on Monday.
Officers said they found Katherine Paratore inside her Jenness Street home suffering from multiple injuries around 8 p.m. Friday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her son, Alfredo Paratore, 49, who was living with her, was later arrested and is facing murder charges, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.
Alfredo Paratore was not present for his arraignment in Lynn District Court Monday. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea and he was ordered held without bail. He will be sent for a mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital and his next court appearance is slated for June 30.
According to court documents, Alfredo Paratore was the one who called police to report that he had found his mother on the floor and that he believed she was dead. Police said he appeared nervous and could not immediately remember the last time he had talked with his mother or the last person who had seen her. He said he had come home and found his mother where she was.
Police said Katherine Paratore's body was found inside the doorway against the wall, and it appeared to have been there for some time. She had no shirt on, and police said they observed what appeared to be internal organs on the welcome mat just inside the home.
The body had lacerations near the right collarbone and on the right hand, police said. It was covered in bruises on both arms, the neck and head. A set of dentures was also found on the floor next to her shoulder.
Blood spatter was found on the walls, along with dried blood and bloody hand prints, according to court documents.
Officers also observed scratches on Alfredo Paratore's cheek and ear, and he appeared to have dried blood on his left hand.
Alfredo reportedly told police he had used suboxone about 15 minutes earlier and officers said they wound up administering Narcan to him as he appeared to be overdosing. He was later taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital for further evaluation.