NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Ė A teenager accused of killing his own mother in their Manhattan high-rise faced a judge Wednesday.
Henry Wachtel seemed agitated as he heard the charge against him: Second-degree murder.
Mr. Wachtel is an epileptic, takes medication and sometimes there are unforeseen consequences with medication,Ē attorney Lloyd Epstein said.
Karyn Kayís screams were heard by neighbors and a 911 operator as the 63-year-old was attacked by her 19-year-old son on Tuesday, police said. She had initially called to report that her son was having a seizure.
When police arrived at the 10th floor apartment on West 55th Street, they said Kay was lying on the floor with severe head trauma. She was taken to the hospital where she later died.
In court, the prosecutor quoted the 911 call that featured the victim saying: ďHeís coming after me. No, no, no.Ē The call also revealed there was screaming and wails from the victim and screaming and wails from the defendant, followed by ďMommy, mommy, please donít die.Ē
Then, neighbors said they could hear the son inside the apartment.
He was in the background saying, ĎIím sorry. I didnít mean it. I love you,íĒ one person said.
Several hours later, Wachtel was arrested and charged with his motherís murder.
ďWhat can you say? Disturbed youth who had it in for his mother,Ē neighbor Harvey Klinger told CBS 2′s John Slattery on Wednesday.
ďItís disturbing for lack of a better word,Ē added neighbor Eric Ford.
Wachtelís father, Edward Wachtel, who was in court, said nothing as he left, except, ďno comment.Ē
Kay was a filmmaker and an English teacher at Manhattanís LaGuardia High School since 1983. On Wednesday morning, staff members and students at the school were stunned.
Faculty members at the school said Kay was a jack-of-all-trades. In addition to teaching English, she was the adviser on a student magazine.