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Man charged with killing mother in Gary

Joseph Nelson | Lake County sheriff's office

A man has been charged with murder for killing his 69-year-old mother inside their home Wednesday afternoon in Gary, Indiana.

Joseph Nelson, 32, was charged with murder Friday morning for his mother’s death, according to a statement from Gary police. Police said he “attacked” his mother in their home in the 500 block of Kentucky Street.

About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called to the house for a welfare check on Annie Nelson, according to police and the Lake County coroner’s office. Firefighters and officers forced their way into the home after not hearing any response.

Annie Nelson was dead at the scene. She suffered blunt force trauma in a homicide, authorities said.

Joseph Nelson remained in custody Friday morning, police said. Anyone with further information about the case is asked to call Det. Alexander Jones at (219) 755-3855 or the crime tip line at (866) CRIME-GP.