Teenager Accused of Stabbing His Mother to Death Inside Car After Argument

A teenager has been charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed his mother to death after an argument, authorities have said.

Dora Villatoro-Arriaza died outside her home in Brentwood in Long Island, New York, early on Sunday morning, the Suffolk County Police Department said in a news release.

Police said Akcel Arriaza, 19, had been sitting in a parked car in front of the family home on Adams Avenue when his mother entered the vehicle. Arriaza fatally stabbed the 46-year-old after the pair got into a dispute shortly after 6 a.m., according to police.

Villatoro-Arriaza was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The woman's husband and three other children had been inside the home at the time of the stabbing, police said. None of them were injured.

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The New York Daily News reported that it had been Arriaza's sister who called 911 from inside the home because she had suspected he was attacking their mother.

"Responding officers found a woman stabbed to death inside a car. Her son surrendered himself to police as they responded," Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, of the Suffolk County Police Department, told News 12 Long Island.

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Arriaza was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries he sustained during the stabbing, according to police. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

Police said he was held overnight by police and is set to be arraigned at the First District Court in Central Islip on Monday.

A police spokesperson told Newsweek that the Arriaza did not disclose a motive for the alleged murder to officers during his arrest.

Dr. Kathleen Heide, a professor of criminology at the University of South Florida who is an expert on parricide, which is when a person kills a close relative (usually a parent, told Newsweek that there are "multiple pathways" that lead to parricide.

Heide, who has written books including Understanding Parricide: When Sons and Daughters Kill Their Parents, outlined four types of offenders who end up killing their parents: severely abused or neglected people who kill to end the abuse; severely mentally ill people who could be delusional or hallucinating, dangerously anti-social offenders who might have an "instrumental goal" to gain, such as money or freedom; and enraged individuals who might not have intended to kill, but may lash out and may be affected by alcohol or drug abuse.

Heidi added that in cases of parricide, she advises that a mental health professional examines the offender to determine the underlying circumstances of the case.

According to CBS News, about five parents are killed by their biological children in the U.S. every week. However, parricide is still a relatively rare crime.

"Killings of mothers and fathers each constitute about 1 percent of all homicides in the United States in which the victim-offender relationship is known," the website reported.

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