In Horsham, Pennsylvania, a mother is accused of murdering her 11-year-old son.
Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead, 50, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Matthew Whitehead, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Police were called to the boy’s home shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday after his father discovered him dead.
An autopsy confirmed Whitehead had been strangled, according to the D.A.’s office.
DiRienzo-Whitehead allegedly killed her son after he fell asleep around 9:30 p.m. Monday, then drove the family’s SUV to Cape May, New Jersey.
According to investigators, she drove the vehicle into the ocean and then walked to Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, once the vehicle could no longer be driven.
That is where DiRienzo-Whitehead was apprehended. Montgomery County detectives and Horsham, Pennsylvania police then questioned her.
According to the D.A.’s office, a black men’s dress belt was discovered on the driver’s side floor of the SUV during a search.
There was no immediate word on why this person was killed.
DiRienzo-Whitehead is being held in Cape May County and will be extradited to Montgomery County.