Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Man charged in mother's beating death

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

One day after his 21st birthday, David Pollitt was indicted on charges that he killed the woman who gave him life.

A Hamilton County grand jury Monday found there was probable cause to charge the Price Hill man with murder and felonious assault in the brutal beating death of his 61-year-old mother, Patricia "Patsy" Pollitt.

Mr. Pollitt, held in the Hamilton County Justice Center in lieu of $500,000 bond, could face life in prison if convicted.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said Mr. Pollitt became angry with his mother in the 72 hours before her Nov. 15 death, inside an apartment in the 1200 block of Beech Avenue that she had shared with her son.

According to court documents, Mr. Pollitt admitted he punched his mother in the face several times, threw her onto the floor and pulled a chest of drawers down on top of her. Officials said he "threw her onto her bed and jumped on top of her, elbowing her in the ribs numerous times. He also bit her on both arms and her back."

Neighbors and acquaintances interviewed in the days following Ms. Pollitt's death said the woman admitted being afraid of her son.

Mr. Pollitt, who turned 21 on Sunday, has misdemeanor convictions for drug possession, falsification and theft.

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