After choking on wet toilet paper, man accused of killing his mom


An accused Massachusetts man of setting fire to the body of his mother was found dead in his cell on Sunday. New York Post reported.

Adam Howe, 34, who had a criminal history, was found dead in the Ash Street Jail in New Bedford, which is part of the Bristol County House of Correction System, at approximately 5:14 p.m. Sunday, the Cape Cod Times reported.

Cops believe he forced wet toilet tissue down his throat.

“Mr. Howe clogged his airways with wet toilet paper and suffered a medical emergency,” Bristol County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jonathan Darling said in a statement. “Out of respect for the family, we have no additional comment or detail. That family has been through a lot this weekend. Please keep them in your prayers.”

Cops claim that Howe was responding to a wellness inspection at Susan Howe’s Cape Cod home, 69, and were taken into custody. When police arrived, they found her body ablaze on her front lawn at 9:30 p.m. Friday, New York post reported.

Howe had barricaded himself inside his mother’s home as police arrived, leading to the Cape Cod Regional SWAT Team to forcibly extract him from the residence and place him under arrest, authorities said.

Authorities said that Howe was taken to Cape Cod Hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. He was then released by medical staff to be returned to police custody.

He was brought to Ash Street Jail for wellness checks every 15 minutes. Howe was also wearing an outfit that was specifically designed for at-risk prisoners. Mass Live reported. Mass Live reported that he was discovered unresponsive in his cell on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Mass Live also reported that he died in a nearby hospital.

It is not suspected of foul play.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has taken custody of Howe’s body and will conduct an autopsy, Mass Live reported.

Howe’s cause of death had not yet been determined, officials said.

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