Eric R. Meagan drowned his mother to ‘stop the demons’: cops

Eric R. Meagan and the river where he allegedly drowned his mother (New Milton Police Department and WVIT screenshot)

A 34-year-old Connecticut man was arrested this week for allegedly drowning his mother in a public park, called police to report the murder, then told officers he was ‘sacrificing’ his mother to ‘stop the demons’ . ”

Eric R. Meagan was arrested on Monday and charged with one count of murder in the death of 56-year-old Victoria Palmer, according to court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to a New Milford Police Department news release, officers responded to a 911 call at 8:25 a.m. Monday from a man – later identified as Meagan – saying he had just killed his mother in the river. Still near Harrybrooke Park, about 55 miles northwest of New Haven, Connecticut.

According to police, Meagan stayed on the line with the emergency dispatcher for several minutes and “described the events leading up to the incident and its location along the river.”

Once there, first responders took Meagan into custody without incident. Her mother was pulled from the river and taken to New Milford Hospital, where she died.

Further details of the tragic murder emerged during Meagan’s arraignment on Tuesday in Torrington before Superior Court Judge Chris Pelosi, the News-Times reported.

According to the report, police claim that when they located Meagan by the river, he told officers he hadn’t slept at all the night before because he had been ‘tormented by demons’. . He also allegedly admitted that he invited his mother to walk in the park with him – which they reportedly did on a regular basis – knowing he planned to “hurt” her.

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