Sixteen-year-old Andrew Zaragoza has been charged with murder in connection with the beating death of his mom, 56-year-old Donna Zaragoza.
According to ABC2, Andrew told police,"My mom was taking pills this morning, she hit me and I killed her.”
He sustained self-inflicted cuts and wounds to his face and neck. The mother suffered major trauma to the skull, a stab wound to the back and a stab wound in the chest. A bloodied ball-peen hammer was found next to her body on her bed. There was also a bloody kitchen knife tucked behind Andrew’s bedroom door.
Police found a letter signed by Andrew in which he described how he killed his mother. In it, he wrote that he wanted to take his own life, too. In addition to the note, Andrew texted someone a photo of the murder scene, stating his life was over, according to ABC2.
His lawyer has stated that Andrew has suffered mental, emotional and physical abuse throughout his life, according to CBS Baltimore.
[Photo: Harford County Sheriff’s Office]