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US teen held in killing of his mother

Associated Press / August 17, 2010

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JAIPUR, India — A teenage American has been arrested on suspicion of killing his mother in a tourist resort in western India, police said yesterday.

The woman, identified as Cindy Iannarelli of Cecil, Pa., was found with her throat slit at the resort in the historic town of Osian in Rajasthan State last Thursday.

Police Superintendent Girdhari Lal Sharma said the woman’s son, Joncarlo Patton, 16, was questioned and later arrested Saturday. A judge ordered that he be sent to a juvenile detention facility.

A post-mortem examination of Iannarelli’s body showed that a sharp-edged weapon was used to slit her throat, Sharma said.

During questioning, Patton told the police that he was traumatized by his parents’ divorce and wanted them to reconcile, Sharma said. He also told police that he had a heated argument with his mother Thursday night and killed her, according to Sharma.

Patton left the resort early Friday and was picked up at the airport in Jodhpur, 60 miles away, Sharma said.

He had his mother’s travel documents and credit cards and dumped them in a dustbin at the airport, Sharma said. Police later recovered the documents.

According to police, Patton said that he had been studying in Italy and that he and his mother had come to India to see the country. Iannarelli’s body is being sent to the United States, Sharma said.

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