Police: Son admits smothering elderly mom, breaking dog's neck

FORT WORTH -- A 50-year-man charged with murder in the death of his mother told investigators that he smothered the 85-year-old woman with duct tape and his hand, then snapped the family dog’s neck because it wouldn’t stop barking.

Kenneth Edward Baker indicated to homicide detectives that he killed Margaret Shelton, who police say had the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s, because she was very belligerent and accusatory.

“This was not a mercy killing,” said homicide Detective E.C. Pate of the Aug. 31 homicide. “The victim fought and resisted his efforts to kill her.”

Baker remained in the Tarrant County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $250,000 bail. He was formally charged Saturday with murder in the case, court records show.

Baker had called 911 on the afternoon of Aug. 31, telling dispatchers that he had killed his mother.

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