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Appellate court: Man charged in mother’s death can be freed

September 10, 2019

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

The ruling issued Monday means 63-year-old Thomas Foster will be put on home supervision. It upheld a lower court ruling that had been challenged by Ocean County prosecutors.

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.

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

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

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