Norwich teen admits to attempted strangling of mother

NORWICH – A Norwich teen has been charged as an adult for attempting to murder his mother. Fourteen-year-old Ty A. Tumminia, Norwich, has been charged with second-degree attempted murder. The teen has admitted to attacking, Theresa I. Tumminia, 32, with a phone cord, and strangling her because she refused to allow him to visit his girlfriend in Iowa.



Police received a 9-1-1 call Sunday from the assailant’s eight-year-old brother. Police responded to the home at 80 South Broad St. and discovered the mother unconscious. “While attending to the female’s injuries, the 14-year-old male left the residence, taking a car parked in the driveway,” Norwich Police Chief Joseph Angelino said in a press release this week.

A Norwich Fire Department Ambulance took the mother to the emergency room at Chenango Memorial Hospital Sunday night. She has since been released and is expected to fully recover.

Tumminia is a ninth grade student at Norwich High School.

In a statement given to investigators, he said: “I stayed up and talked to Christina on the phone. I told her I had a plan to kill my mother. The only plan that I had was to choke her, and then I did not know what I was going to do after that.” ... “After my mom went to bed, I thought I could choke her with the phone cord and kill her. I just wanted to be with Christina.”


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