Daily Mail Reporter
01:10, 11 April 2012
03:20, 11 April 2012
Victim: Author and teacher Karyn Kay was found unconscious in a pool of blood on her kitchen floor with a fractured skull – she later died in hospital
An author was savagely beaten to death in her New York apartment this afternoon and her 19-year-old son has been taken into custody to be questioned by police.
After responding to an emergency call, police found Karyn Kay, 63, lying in a pool of blood on her kitchen floor with a fractured skull, broken eye socket and broken ribs.
Sources told the New York Post that her son, who has not been charged, was also found covered in blood.
Kay, who taught English-writing at LaGuardia High School of Music Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, allegedly called police at 9.30am this morning as she tried to help her son, who was suffering from a seizure.
A police source said that Kay was heard screaming during the 911 call.
Kay’s son allegedly then turned and brutally attacked her.
‘He was screaming, “I’m sorry mommy! I’m sorry mommy!” over and over and
over,’ one neighbor told the New York Daily News. ‘Then suddenly it
300 West 55th Street: Police found Kay lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor of her Manhattan apartment
Police found the writer unconscious and rushed her to the Cornell University medical center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:52 pm.
Kay’s son, who is a student at Fordham University and is thought to have health problems, was led away from the apartment in handcuffs.
Witnesses described him repeatedly apologising to his unconscious mother and ‘wailing and crying’ as he was taken away by police.
Fatal attack: Kay was rushed to Cornell University medical center where she was pronounced dead at 1.52pm
A porter in the apartment building told the New York Post, ‘[The son] lived here since he was a little boy. He was a nice young guy. Very energetic … I’ve known him since he was a little boy. I don’t know what happened.’
The motive for the killing remains unclear.
Kay, who was also a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, wrote the 1988 film Call Me – a murder mystery starring Steve Buscemi.
According to her biography on the Pratt Institute website Kay was also a filmmaker who was working on a documentary about children with learning disabilities.