A 47-year-old Alabama man allegedly beat his elderly mother to death with her oxygen tank because she “wouldn’t stop crying,” according to multiple reports.
Joseph Wood, of Mobile, was arrested Friday and charged with murder after police found his 70-year-old mother, Carol Croucher, dead inside their home, Lieutenant Charles Bagsby of the Mobile police told reporters, Fox10 reports.
Croucher died of blunt force trauma, Bagsby said.
Wood made his first appearance in court Monday for a bond hearing, PEOPLE confirms. He pleaded not guilty, Al.com reports, and his bond was set at $150,000.
“You know every murder case is horrible, but this one makes you sick,” says Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood said in court, WKRG reports. “This one makes me absolutely sick.”
According to Blackwood, Wood told investigators he killed his mother because she would not stop crying.
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“The defendant told police that she wouldn’t stop crying so he beat her to death with her own oxygen tank,” Blackwood said, Fox10 reports.
Croucher was bedridden and in hospice care, local news station