Son Arraigned In Mom's Murder
A 56-year-old disabled man has been arraigned from his Psych Ward bed at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for the vicious beating death of his 80- year-old mother, allegedly with a crutch, in Far Rockaway last week.
Officials identified the son as Sergevi Mamontova, who was charged with the grisly crime that took place inside the Sand Castle Apartments, at 711 Seagirt Avenue, in the early morning hours of September 19.
According to the criminal complaint obtained from the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Mamontova has been charged with murder in the second degree in the death of his mother, Lyudmila Mamontova.
In the complaint, Detective Brian Hurley of the 101 Precinct states that Mamontova admitted he repeatedly beat the victim "about the head, face and body thereby causing her death."
According to a Daily News report, the son called police to the apartment after committing the crime and told them, "I just killed my mother, and I don't know why."
When police arrived at Building A, apartment 6C of the Sand Castle, they found the woman dead and Mamontova, who lived in the same building but in a separate apartment, with several self inflicted wounds to his lower torso resulting from his attempt to castrate himself. He was taken to St. John's Episcopal Hospital for his wounds and then transferred to Bellevue Hospital Center for evaluation.
News reports from outlets that include The Gothamist website reported that
Mamontova lost his right leg after he was struck by a car while working at a gas station in Long Island. His workman's compensation ended, and his home attendant was taken away threemonths ago. A family friend told reporters that Mamontova went downhill afterwards. He also has a history of mental illness and attempted suicide.
A source at the Sand Castle's senior center told The Wave that the family, including Mamontova's father, Alexander, came to the U.S. about 10 years ago from the Ukraine and moved to Rockaway for the first time around 2000 or 2001.
The family came to the center for meals and some parties, but they never made use of any of the social service aspects that were available to them.
"The father passed away a long time ago, and I haven't seen them for a long time," said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.
Susan Davis, also of the senior center, spoke with the Daily News the morning of the tragedy.
"The only thing that went through my mind was that something terrible must have happened," said Davis.
Mamontova has been remanded to custody and a psychiatric examination has been ordered. His next court date is scheduled for October 23.