NJ woman charged for beating mother, 80, to death with broomstick

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A New Jersey woman is accused of beating her 80-year-old mother to death with a broomstick last week. Photo credit Getty Images

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (1010 WINS) — A New Jersey woman is facing charges after she allegedly beat her 80-year-old mother to death with a broomstick last week.

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In a fight on Aug. 6, Loretta A. Barr, of Washington Township, repeatedly struck her mother with a broomstick, according to court documents reviewed by NJ.com.

Florence Dicriscio suffered head and chest injuries and died three days later at a Philadelphia hospital.

Barr, 65, was initially charged with second-degree aggravated assault after police responded to a domestic dispute report at an apartment on Woodmont Circle in the township.

According to the initial complaint filed by police, Barr grabbed Dicriscio's arms and fell on top of her. The 80-year-old had also complained of pain in her arms and "showed signs of injury to both arms."

Dicriscio was examined by emergency room staff after being taken to Jefferson Washington Township Hospital and found to have a brain bleed, broken ribs and compressed vertebrae.

She was transported to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where she died Tuesday, prosecutors said.

An autopsy said Dicriscio died of blunt trauma to her head and chest, the outlet reported.

An additional complaint by Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office Det. Christopher Popper said Dicriscio told police her daughter hit her "several times on her side and head" with a broomstick.

Barr has since been charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter and fourth-degree weapons possession. She is being held at Salem County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing next week.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Popper at 856-384-5593 or Washington Township Police Detective Jason Sims at 609-820-2829.