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Detention hearing held for man charged in his mother’s death

July 24, 2019

MANCHESTER, N.J. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a man accused of killing his elderly mother in their southern New Jersey home can be freed pending his murder trial.

But the judge also ruled Wednesday that 63-year-old Thomas Foster must remain jailed while prosecutors appeal his decision to release him.

The Jan. 13 death of 85-year-old Carolyn Foster was initially believed to be from natural causes. But authorities launched an investigation after a relative claimed Thomas Foster had killed his mother.

Ocean County prosecutors say Thomas Foster admitted pressing “very hard” on his mother’s neck and punching her in the throat. They say Carolyn Foster suffered trauma to her ribs and neck that contributed to her death.

Thomas Foster’s public defender says he performed CPR on his mother and admitted hitting her in the hope she would revive.

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