Police: Man punched elderly mom in face, left her for dead

(Andy Paskowski/WPRI)

SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) — A Somerset man charged in connection with the death of his 88-year-old mother was ordered held on $1 million bail Friday afternoon.

Michael Kostek, 62, was arraigned on a charge of caretaker wantonly and recklessly permitting serious bodily injury to an elderly person.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Somerset police officers were called to Wilbur Avenue Thursday afternoon for a well-being check. Upon arrival, first responders found Sophie Kostek dead inside the home.

It was revealed in court the victim had bruises on her face and severe swelling on her head.

According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, Kostek – when questioned by police – changed his story several times about how his mother sustained her injuries.

Initially, they said he claimed his mother fell down the stairs and that he never laid a hand on her. Then he changed his story, saying he pushed her and she hit her face on the counter.

However, when police pointed out inconsistencies with his story, they said Kostek eventually admitted to striking his mother twice in the face with a closed fist. He told police he was arguing with his mother about money and other things and lost his temper.

According to the report, after the attack – which happened in the bedroom – Kostek put his mother back into bed. He said his mother’s injury may have bled for several days.

Prosecutors said an autopsy is being conducted Friday and they said upgraded charges against Kostek are likely.




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