A man has been arrested on charges of murder, strangulation and assault and battery for allegedly killing his mother at a home on Cape Cod Friday, authorities said.
Andrew Baily, 26, was found by police officers "acting erratically" at the residential community Mashpee Village where Cheryl Crowell, 60, was also found, unresponsive, according to a statement from Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Mashpee Police Chief Scott Carline.
Crowell died after she was taken to Falmouth Hospital, according to the authorities.
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They said police were sent to Mashpee Village on Wampanoag Drive about 11:12 a.m. after a number of people called 911 over a disturbance outside an apartment.
After officers found Baily, they discovered Crowell inside an apartment bedroom.
Luz Ortiz, who lives nextdoor, told NBC10 Boston that the mother and son had recently reunited after Crowell picked Baily up from a psychiatric hospital in Chicago.
"The mother was happy. She went to housing. She was going to get a two bedroom apartment with him," Ortiz said. "She was all so happy. And he just...snapped."
Ortiz says Bailey made another threat.
"While he was out here, he kept saying, 'I killed my mom, now I'm going to kill you!'" Ortiz said. "My husband heard that so he hid behind the van and he called the police."
NBC10 Boston was told Baily takes medication for his mental instability, and neighbors believe an inefficiency in the meds Baily was taking led to his attack.
"I guess the meds weren't really doing much," Ortiz said. "He came back out rampaging... He was probably manic at that point... And he said, 'What did I do? What did I do?'"
Baily is set to be arraigned next week, authorities said. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak to the charges.
State police continue to investigate the incident.