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.
tim leary August 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Very sad time to ban bats now
Jack10q August 28, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Jason and Ariana, thank you for you news up-dates.
Bar August 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Lurks and Jason how DARE you two be fighting over who got the story first or correct grow up! This is someone's family! You both are extremely disrespectful to the deceased and their other parts of the family that were not involve in this tragedy. I, personally knew Ligia and she was an amazing woman. You should be ashamed of yourselves! Give her the respect she deserves!
Koren Böstrom August 29, 2013 at 07:01 AM
The entire community is effected because not only are we mourning the loss of an amazing woman, but she was such a tremendous help to those of us involved with local elementary schools. It is my hope that our community at large use this as a time to educate ourselves, rather than jumping to conclusions.
proactive bystander August 29, 2013 at 07:03 AM
Its a very sad thing when people will use an article about the murder of a member of the community to create arguments. I know this is not just a Hopatcong problem, bitter people live everywhere. Just makes me sad. RIP Ligia.
Afro Maniac August 29, 2013 at 07:59 AM
Lurky Loo with his stupid jack:;: comments like always . Get a life . Between you and BeachBum I don't know who is more ignorant .
Afro Maniac August 29, 2013 at 08:00 AM
Rip to the victim.
Crazy_Diamond August 29, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Okay, here's how it went......LooLoo attacked Jason and Jason defended himself and stated the facts supplied to him when it was appropriate. There seems to be massive amounts of criticism here and on all articles probably from those who have nothing better to do with their lives. Appreciate the other avenue of information sharing from the Patch as I do rather than just the news channels or Herald etc...... "ShineOn"
Tara August 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Seems to me Lurky has an ax to grind and Jason simply and politely defended himself. With that being said this article is about the loss of a woman in the most brutal way by her very own daughter. We should be praying for family members who are left to deal with this tragic event.
Teeluvsaruba August 29, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Hey John and Lurky Loo. Why don't you take it to another page so you two sissies can fight out your differences and we can talk about the actual issue. Idiots.
Teeluvsaruba August 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM
It's very sad that a child can do this to a parent and visa versa. What brings on that rage? I just wonder what goes through a persons mind. The whole thing is just sad.
The Watcher August 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Condolences to the family it's a double tragedy for them. That being said, it's a sad comment on society that so many people feel the only way to resolve a problem is to resort to violence.
Clay Thomas August 29, 2013 at 06:14 PM
First, my respects to the Bolanos Family but it's been another horrible "news" week for Hopatcong. Is there any "good" news we can get to the media?
Nancy August 31, 2013 at 07:34 AM
My sympathies go out to this family..very sad. And for the recored, I don't see any mention of meds either. Something's missing from the article I see.
John Brinkerhoff August 31, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Telluvsaruba , Listen moron if you read my post you will see that all I was doing was sticking up for the editor and made the comment that it was very sad !
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk August 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM
When will the "Bat" violence end. Please sign my petition to end "Bat" violence. Make baseball players get a background check, don't let walmart sell bats, make them get a federal bat license first, and everyone has to register their bats.
Adonis Mignone August 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM
It's not sad. Just trash taken out trash
Adonis Mignone August 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM
I'm still waiting for some little asshole to make this political. Uh oh I guess 2nd tchk tchk is that lil asshole
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk August 31, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Adonis, if we issued bat licenses, we could revoke the woman's bat license and she would never be able to get her hands on a bat again.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk August 31, 2013 at 02:57 PM
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?Db=pubmed&Cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=8483176&dopt=abstractplus When are we going to say enough is enough when it comes to bats!? I am forming "father's against Bat violence" We will not stop until every bat is legally purchased and all bats have serial numbers and all bat owners registered and recorded in a public archive. We will strongly support bat buy back programs to get illegal bats off the street. We will ban ex cons from owning bats, we will ban the sports using any kind of bat type object. Bats were made for violence against other objects, it is only a matter of time before they are used against a human. Even at baseball games their use cause accidents to the fans and players. It all has to stop and stop it will. If we can get mayor bloomberg, biden, and obama to join us we would get these regulations passed more quickly. Who is with me!!! lets go!
Maureen Hourigan September 01, 2013 at 09:20 AM
Baseball is boring anyway:)
proactive bystander September 01, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Holy cow I cannot believe the lack of compassion. A woman (someone's loved one) is brutally murdered and you crack jokes about it? The pain and fear she must of endured and now her family and friends have to live with this and think its funny? Sickening.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk September 01, 2013 at 10:49 AM
It is no joke.
FART (fat, arrogant, ruthless, troll) September 01, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Seems like everyone needs a crutch to lean on and blame others for their acts of behavior due to poor physical or mental well being. Fat people have "McDonalds" to blame rather than just plain "overeating, no exercise and poor diets". Alcoholics have their family "hereditary" to blame instead of just blaming "self control and drinking in moderation". Mental health patients have their "poor family upbringing" to blame instead just "taking meds properly in right dosage". Sound familiar? It's always the victims that have to pay the price.
Afro Maniac September 01, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Soooo did we bomb those towels heads yet. Because I heard that's why this happened .
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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