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Murdered Woman Identifed as Mother of Stabbing Suspect

Suspect Michael Litwornia has been charged with the stabbing murder of his mother and knife assault against his father at their home in Martinsville. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The homicide victim in Monday's stabbing in a home on Washington Valley Road in Martinsville has been identified as Helen Litwornia, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

Robertson said the 61-year-old victim was the mother of defendant Michael Litwornia.

According to Robertson, an autopsy was performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner's Office, and the cause of death was found to be sharp force trauma to the neck, classified as a homicide.

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The investigation is continuing.

Litwornia, 27, of Martinsville, was charged with first-degree homicide in his mother's death, as well as second degree aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing of his father.

Robertson said Litwornia was taken into custody after a standoff with the Somerset County SWAT team; he was suffering from self-inflicted wounds and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. He is under police guard and will be lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing once he is released.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 908-722-4111 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). People can also go to www.888577tips.org or www.scpot.net with tips.

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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