A woman died after her son allegedly threw her out the window of their second floor apartment in Los Angeles following a verbal dispute, police say.
Police arrived at the 7400 block of Hazeltine Avenue in Van Nuys around 2:50 a.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman.
Witnesses told police they saw the suspect, 41-year-old Fernando Vargas, stomp on his mother’s head after jumping out the second story window, WJW reported.
“It was horrible,” said witness Nancy Ochoa. “He said that she was going to die anyway and it didn’t matter (if he stomped on her).”
Ochoa said that both were transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, where the mother later died.
Police identified the victim as 71-year-old Carlota Vargas, according to LAPD Officer Mark O’Donnell.
“It’s pretty strange, it’s pretty heinous, especially when you’re talking about elderly victims, and compounded with the fact that it looks like the victim’s son is the suspect in this case,” O’Donnell said.
“I’m just so surprised. I would never think this would happen,” said family friend Erika Lehmann. “She loved her son and her son loved her.”
Fernando Vargas is in LAPD custody, according to Eisenman.