Somerset man charged in elderly mother's death

An 88-year-old woman was found dead in her home on Wilbur Avenue in Somerset on Thursday, and police have charged her son with neglect in her death.

A Massachusetts man was drunk when he beat his 88-year-old mother to death at her Somerset home, prosecutors said Friday.

Michael Kostek, 62, of Somerset, was arraigned in Fall River District Court and charged with causing severe bodily injury to an elderly person. He was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Somerset police responded to Sophie Kostek's home on Wilbur Avenue on Thursday after receiving a request to check her well-being.

Police found a broken window in the back of the home and observed the victim in her bed prompting investigators to force entry.

Prosecutors allege that Kostek was drunk when he beat his mother, and then put her in her bed while she was either severely injured or already dead.

"His room had nine Jack Daniels bottles as well as a TV table next to his bed, your honor, filled with prescription medicines," the prosecutor said.

Prosecutors allege Kostek beat his mother following an argument he had with her over money.

"They observed facial injuries including severe swelling around and above her right eye," the prosecutor said.

Kostek claimed his mother fell down the stairs.

Frank Camera, Kostek's lawyer, said there's no proof he beat his mother and that his client is suffering medically.

"He's severely an alcoholic. There were severe drug issues and mental health issues," he said.

Camera said his client spent time in the hospital twice Thursday, repeatedly asking for detox treatment. He was eventually released into the custody of police where he was formally arrested.

The medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy and investigate Kostek's mother's previous health condition.

"There's nothing in the police report that states what her condition was prior. Obviously that is important if she was ill too. I don't know," Camera said.