Hartsdale Man Convicted Of Manslaughter In Mother's Death

James Austin of Hartsdale was convicted by a jury Tuesday.

Editor's Note: The following story contains graphic details.

A jury found a Hartsdale man guilty of one count of manslaughter in connection with the death of his elderly mother last summer.

James Austin, 47, of 300 Chatterton Parkway, Hartsdale, was convicted of one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony, according to a statement from Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

After a jury trial Tuesday, Austin was found guilty in connection with the July 2011 death of his 71-year-old mother, Ida Austin, District Attorney DiFiore stated.

According to the DA, on July 3, 2011, Greenburgh Police found Ms. Austin at a Hartsdale home at 300 Chatterton Parkway, after her son had called 911 and told the dispatcher she was "unresponsive."

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"Uniformed officers found the victim lying on a couch, deceased, with rigor mortis having set in," the DA stated. "The victim was covered in maggots and other insects that were infesting the area where she was found. She was lying in excrement and urine, naked from the waist down revealing large open bed sores. She was partially covered in a filthy blanket and wearing a dirty shirt."

The victim was removed from the garbage-strewn and maggot-filled home.

After an investigation, her cause of death was determined to be "starvation, dehydration, infection and stage four bed sores," according to the DA.

Greenburgh Police subsequently arrested James Austin, who was the main caregiver for his mother.

"Instead of reaching out for help, he consciously ignored her declining physical and mental health, leaving her unattended for hours at a time," DiFiore said after the verdict. "His total abdication of responsibility resulted in utterly abhorrent and deplorable conditions in the home and the ignominious death of his mother."

James Austin will be sentenced on August 7. He is facing a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Lana Hochheiser, Deputy Chief of the Career Criminal Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Joyce Miller prosecuted the case, DiFiore noted.

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ralph brady June 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I dont understand how an individual could do such a thing. Much less to his own mother. What a horrible way to die.
melda bell June 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I knew this lady she was one of my customers @ work I testified and I hope it helped convict him who was he to decide that's how she should die she was a beautiful person smh
Sam Baxter July 17, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Clearly none of you know James AKA (Roy). I have known this man for over 30 years, and he is truly not guilty of the charges. Roy loved his mother, and would do anything for her. I agree that this is a bad situation for anyone to be in; however Roy is not this malicious person that the media has painted him to be. The ridiculous trumped up charges are as disturbing as the situation it self. Roy has been a model citizen all of his life, and is now being described as malicious murderer. Shame on all involved that have intentionally destroyed this mans life – Shame on you all!! @ The person that testified, and hopes for this man to suffers – Did you know Roy? I am sure you did not therefore you could not have known his mother that well…
MeeMee September 09, 2012 at 12:35 AM
It is extremely difficult for me to believe this. I was in the company of he and his mother on more than one instance. He was always accommodating, loving and respectful to her. She adored him and would tease him about his middle name and they would become so tickled and laugh. We went places together and he would be very attentive and protective of her due to her unsteay gait. He often said.... I am all she has and I am always going to be there for her. She was a very loving mother and proud woman. This is so sad...so very sad on more than one level. Rest in peace Ms. Ida.
shireenlacey September 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Roy was a good an kind hearted person i knew him for about 30 years. He could never harm anyone.


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