Township Man Charged In Murder Of His Elderly Mother

A 60-year-old township man has been charged with killing his 82-year-old mother in their home, authorities said.

Dalton Chiscolm Jr. of Haverhill Place was charged with 1st Degree Homicide in connection with the death of his mother, Roberta Ann Taylor, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

An autopsy on Taylor showed that she died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to the release.

Township police responding to a disturbance call at the house at about 10:46 p.m. Nov. 7 arrived to find Chisolm throwing things out of a second-floor window and yelling threats at the officers, according to the press release.

Franklin Township Police detectives and members of the FTPD Emergency Services Unit also responded, and tried to de-escalate the situation with Chisolm, but he refused to cooperate, according to the release.

Officers broke into the house to check on Taylor, only to find her dead, the release said.

Chisolm was arrested without any further incident and taken to an area hospital for medical evaluation, according to teh release.

Police are still investigating to determine a motive, the release said.

Chisolm was still at the hospital, under police guard, as of Nov. 8, according to the release. He will be moved to Somerset County Jail, Somerville, when he is release from the hospital.

Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit, and investigators from the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office responded to conduct the investigation, the release said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information relating to this homicide is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.


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