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Cops: Medford man charged in mother’s death

Sean Farrell, 24, of Medford, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with his mother’s death, police say.
Suffolk County Police Department

A Long Island man is expected to face a judge Friday on murder charges relating to the death of his mother after her lifeless body was found in a bedroom of their Medford home, Suffolk County police said.

Sean Farrell, 24, is awaiting arraignment Jan. 24 on a second-degree murder charge for the slaying of his mother, Bonnie Farrell.

The 45-year-old nurse was found dead by her husband, Eric Connolly, last month inside their Norway Pine Drive home. Farrell, a nurse supervisor at Angela’s House -- a Suffolk-based nonprofit group that helps ailing children -- suffered a head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators classified the incident as a homicide, but did not immediately disclose her cause of death.

In December, Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, the commander of Suffolk’s Homicide Squad, said there were multiple people in the home when Farrell’s body was discovered. He said there appeared to be no evidence of forced entry, but did not disclose whether investigators pinpointed a suspect or motive in the crime.

Homicide detectives were said to be interviewing family members and anyone else who was in the home around the time Farrell’s body was found.

Sean Farrell was held overnight in police custody at the Fifth Precinct in Patchogue and will be arraigned at Suffolk First District Court in Central Islip.

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