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Woman Pleads Guilty In Mother's Death

Lisa Foster of Lakewood made the plea before Judge Wendel E. Daniels Tuesday, saying she was responsible for the death of her mother, Claudette

A 46-year-old Lakewood woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to second degree manslaughter in connection with the death of her 67-year-old mother.

Lisa Foster made the plea before Judge Wendel E. Daniels, saying she was responsible for the death of her mother, Claudette, a resident of the Original Leisure Village in Lakewood.

Lisa Foster faces a potential jail term of up to 10 years. The actual term imposed in this case will be determined by Daniels when he imposes sentence on Feb 28, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

The investigation began on March 1, 2012 when the Lakewood Township Police Department received a call from a third party reporting that a woman might be dead in the Foster home, according to the prosecutor's office.

Police later confirmed that the anonymous source was Foster. Lakewood Police responded to the home and found Claudette Foster’s body.

Investigators determined that Foster had been dead inside the home for a substantial period of time, perhaps as long as a month. The defendant and the victim lived together at the residence.

While police were investigating the scene, Lisa Foster arrived; she was questioned and later taken into police custody, according to the prosecutor's office.

“Our investigation found that the mother and daughter had a contentious relationship, and often argued over finances," according to the prosecutor's office. "At some time during February of 2012, an argument between them in the bedroom of the victim escalated into a physical confrontation in which the defendant pushed the victim, causing her to fall and to strike her head on a metal bed frame. Mrs. Foster lost consciousness and later died, although the exact date and time of death cannot be accurately determined."

An autopsy performed by the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office found that the cause of death was arteriosclerotic coronary vascular disease and blunt force trauma.

bhavaja January 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM
..and to think @ those who do not choose abortion yet choose to put heroin in a baby's mouth...smh
fed up January 15, 2013 at 01:05 AM
You can thank all the liberal judges for that.
Lyncr54 January 31, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Lol.....10 years for killing some1.....what happened to 20 yrs to life??
Albert Andrews February 23, 2013 at 09:49 AM
you can get almost the same amount of time in prison for legally owning and transporting a gun as killing somone... (Brian Aiken)
Albert Andrews February 23, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Plea bargains are not based on the crimes, they are offered to nearly EVERY case because it closes the case quickly and "saves taxpayers money" stopping there from being a full blown trial by jury, in exchange for a more lenient sentence. We live in a kinder gentler society because people are willing to give up so much and let the government rule their lives... Bring back the death penalty and USE IT in my opinion, maybe not in this case tho. The guidelines for death penalty have to show intend to kill and an arguement that resulted in a fight, a shove and an unintentional killing is not murder 1... its a shame that this mother died at the hands of her own child tho.

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