WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman punched, slashed and choked her 70-year-old mother before apparently giving up in frustration when her mother wouldn’t die, according to police.
Gail Litsky repeatedly assaulted her mother over a three-hour span late Friday and into Saturday morning, investigators said. Authorities said the attacks only ended after Litsky told her teenage daughter, who had been staying at the home, to call police.
Litsky, 47, was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Monday, detained on $500,000 bail and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. Her mother, Evelyn Nirenstein, was being treated at a hospital for bruises on her face and multiple lacerations to her left hand, right arm and the back of her head, police said.
West Hartford police said Litsky went to her mother’s house on Friday night and Nirenstein let her in. Litsky repeatedly struck her mother in the face and body, cut her with a knife several times and choked her with her own necklace, investigators said.
Litsky told her mother “I want to hear you scream” and asked her “How much do you love me?” during the ordeal, according to police.
After being arrested, Litsky told authorities that God told her to attack her mother and that she tried to kill her, police said.
Litsky is also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
It’s not clear if Litsky has a lawyer. She is due back in court Feb. 25.
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