Deep River Man Admits To Killing Mom

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) _ Prosecutors allege that a Deep River man used a fire poker, buck knife and his hands to kill his mother.

Twenty-two-year-old Robert Owen Rankin was arraigned Friday in Middletown Superior Court. He is being held on a $1 million bond in the death of 45-year-old Margaret Rohner. Police said in a press statement that a medical examiner ruled her death was a homicide due to multiple stabbings.

Rakin and is on a suicide watch after police said he confessed to the murder and showed no remorse or distress.

The New Haven Register ( ) cites state police affidavit in reporting that Rankin was arrested Thursday after his father called 911, telling authorities, “my son killed my ex-wife.”

Rankin allegedly cut open his mother’s abdomen and began removing organs, saying he was “looking for a baby.”

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