Son admits beating mother with bat, burning body into ‘fine ash’

A Connecticut man charged with killing his mother told police he beat her with a baseball bat before burning her body in a fire pit for eight hours, turning her into “fine ash,” according to an arrest warrant.

Kyle Tucker, 34, told police in Hamden he killed Donna Tucker, 60, because he was possessed by God, police records obtained by the New Haven Register.

“[God] got into my body and walked me downstairs with my baseball bat and it was very quick and almost even hard to remember,” Kyle Tucker told police. “I don’t really feel like it was totally my mind or body doing anything, it was [God] walking through me.”

Tucker said he killed his mother in self-defense after she tried more than 20 times to kill him. He claimed Donna Tucker unsuccessfully tried poisoning him, as well as putting parasites into his bedding and food, according to the arrest warrant.

Police responded to Donna Tucker’s home on Saturday, one day after she was reported missing by her sister. Tucker, who allowed officers to search the home where he lived with his mother, later admitted to attacking his mother the day she disappeared, hitting her in the head with a baseball bat in the kitchen.

Tucker said he struck his mother a second time after she fell onto the floor, this time in the nose “very hard … to make sure she would die quickly,” according to the arrest warrant.

Tucker then dragged his mother’s body to a fire pit and doused it with gasoline and turpentine before setting it ablaze. He later drove to buy more gasoline and told police he burned the body along with the baseball bat and shoes he wore at the time for roughly eight hours – until only a “fine ash” remained, the arrest warrant shows.

After disposing of his mother’s body, Tucker told police he tried to clean the kitchen using bleach, vinegar, turpentine and Clorox wipes, but had to eventually repaint the walls after he couldn’t remove all of the spattered blood.

Donna Tucker’s sister had requested police visit the woman’s home after she went to the residence late Thursday. She said Kyle Tucker told her his mother wasn’t home after getting picked up by an unidentified man following a few drinks. But Tucker wasn’t known to be a big drinker and didn’t have a romantic partner, her sister told police.

Tucker’s sister said she noticed the fire pit outside the home looked as if a “fire had been recently lit.” She later checked her sister’s Amazon account and found an order for a $289 urn for human ashes that was bought with Donna Tucker’s credit card, according to the arrest warrant.

Tucker’s aunt said her nephew had been previously hospitalized for mental illness and spoke about “finding the real demon.” At least three incidents involving Hamden police between July 2015 and August 2017 referenced Kyle Tucker’s emotional disturbance, the arrest warrant shows.

Tucker remains in custody Tuesday on $5 million bail. He was scheduled to appear in court on June 19, the New Haven Register reported.

Investigators also reached out to Tucker’s brother in Texas. When a detective asked what he thought happened to his mother, he simply replied: “My brother killed my mother.”

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