A former live-in health aide has been arrested for allegedly beating to death her 80-year-old patient whose body was found in the lobby of his New York City apartment building with the words “I touch little girls”Authorities found the words scrawled on his chest.
Rene Ayarde, 29, caused “significant trauma” to Robert Raynor’s head and torso on July 19, causing his brain to bleed and breaking his nose, chest and nearly all of his ribs, prosecutor Brooke Baranoski said Monday at Ayarde’s arraignment in a New York City, the Staten Island Advance reported.
Ayarde was charged in two counts of second degree murder, one each of first-degree mauling and second-degree assault. Her attorney pleaded her not guilty to Ayarde’s charges Monday.
She is currently held without bail. She is due to appear in court Dec. 21.
Authorities said that Raynor had lived with Ayarde and Raynor’s 3-year-old daughter in his Staten Island apartment.
Raynor’s daughter, Carolyn Whetstone of North Carolina, has said her father was not physically or emotionally capable of harming a child.
“That’s not my father. He would not touch a child. He would never violate anyone,”She told the New York Daily NewsAt the time, his battered body had been found. “He’s got daughters and granddaughters that he’s watched when he’s come to visit me … That’s not him. That’s not true.”
She stated that her father couldn’t get around and was currently battling cancer.
Raynor’s naked body was discovered in the first floor hallway of his building. “I touch little girls” “I take dolls into my room”Baranoski’s name was written on his chest.
Authorities said that Ayarde was taken into custody at her New Jersey residence on November 12th and then extradited to Staten Island.
Raynor’s remains were found the same day that Ayarde was arrested in Manhattan. She was charged with child abuse as well as assault. Witnesses claimed she assaulted a passerby who was filming the incident on a cellphone.
Baranoski indicated that the case in question is still pending. According to authorities, Ayarde was released from that arrest on $15,000 bond.