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Woman Beats Mom to Death With Bat During Dispute, Police Say

Mirna Bolanos has been charged in the killing of her 56-year-old mother inside Fiora Avenue home.

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A 30-year-old woman has been accused of beating her mother to death with a baseball bat inside a Flora Avenue home Wednesday morning, according to Hopatcong police.

Mirna Bolanos has been charged with murder and unlawful possession of a weapon and is being held at the Sussex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $750,000 bail.

The body of Ligia Bolanos, 56, was discovered in the hallway of her home when officers arrived at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. Mirna Bolanos was outside on the front steps, Kmetz said.

Officers responded to the home after Mirna Bolanos called police and said her mother was harassing her, according to Kmetz. The phone went dead mid-conversation. When police arrived, Mirna Bolanos cooperated with police, Kmetz said.

Police have responded to the Bolanos' home several times after the mother and daughter had previous disputes, according to Kmetz. 

The Sussex County Prosecutor's Office and New Jersey State Police responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

For questions on this report, email ariana.cohn@patch.com.
emiliac September 02, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Just got back, just read this. We need to fund mental health programs. Often symptoms of mental illness is denying the illness exists and not liking the way the meds make a patient feel. It's not like refusing to wear eyeglasses for the sake of vanity and getting behind a wheel. No family should live through this and these acts impact young people in the community negatively.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk September 04, 2013 at 08:01 AM
the cause of this was the psychotropic drugs that woman was taking. This is the white elephant everyone ignores. It is not the weapon that kills, it is the ill minds poisoned by these drugs like paxil, prozac, zoloft. They damage the brain further. they may have short term favorable effects but are a one way trip to pure insanity. If you are depressed, it is your body and mind telling you that you need to make changes to your life style, not take a happy pill and continue doing what you are doing. If you are eating the same junk food, robbing your body of ingrediants your body needs, this can make you depressed, Change what you are doing, don't be lazy and medicate the depression. This crap is way over used, way over used! Parents see their kids sad, so they run them to the doctor and get them a prescription of paxil. there kids don't behave in school, so they run and get a presription of ridiline. Try not feeding them koolaid and fruit loops in the morning before school. wow, you think eating 100 grams of sugar may have something to do with his misbehavior? Oh then back a box of lunchables for their lunch with a soda.
proactive bystander September 04, 2013 at 09:53 AM
The problem is when a person with Bipolar Disorder stops taking their meds as she did. I agree that eating healthy can make a big difference but just as diet can't fix Type 1 Diabetes, it can only help control it, same goes for Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. The main cause of each is medical in nature. No diet can completely regulate true brain chemical malfunction.
emiliac September 05, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Funny you should mention diabetes. This illness has reached epidemic levels in the USA, so I will venture to say that hundreds of thousands, if not millions of men, women and children maintain a poor diet. That being so, very few people murder their parent(s). There was the Twinkies Defense used by Dan White who murdered Harvey Milk in San Francisco but not too many other junk food killers that I know of. But I will give you this, all medication ultimately damages your liver and kidneys but they also control individuals with poor eating habits (turned insane because of it) from committing violent crimes.
StillWatching September 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I don't think any amount of meds can control the bipolar disorders of the people of Hopatcong. Seems like Hopatcong is becoming another South Amboy. If you're not bipolar when you come to Hopatcong, you certainly are after spending a few years there!

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