Former police woman killed her mother: strangulation in New York home

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Mauri Bellarmine, retired NYPD officer, was arrested today on suspicion of strangling her elderly mother inside her Staten Island home during the weekend, according to police sources.

The 40-year-old woman who retired from the NYPD in 2016 was inside the house on Ramapo Avenue in the Rossville neighborhood around noon Saturday when she got into a heated fight with ers mother, Sherylyn Bailey.

According to police, Bellarmine allegedly strangled his 74-year-old mother. Responding officers found Bailey unconscious at her home, and EMS paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

Her death was ruled a homicide by strangulation, police said yesterday. Today, Bellarmine was arrested and charged in the case, reported New York Post.

During his 8-year career with the NYPD, Bellarmine worked on the Staten Island Ferry,  police sources said. According to NYPD, the mother and daughter had a reported history of domestic conflict.

The NYPD last responded to a domestic incident involving the two in 2018. And this year, NYPD responded to an “emotionally disturbed person” report which involved Bellarmine on July 30. However, the suspect had no previous arrests, authorities said.

All charges are accusations, and the persons prosecuted are presumed innocent until proven guilty.