NYC woman, 50, ‘confesses to murdering her aunt, 97


‘I killed her, I killed her’: NYC woman, 50, confessed to her son that she’d ‘murdered her 97-year-old aunt’ – who then turned her into NYPD

  • Antonia Cardona, 97, was found dead in her Lower East Side apartment on Friday morning in New York City 
  • Her unnamed niece, 50, is a suspect in the case after reportedly telling police ‘I killed her, I killed her’ 
  • The niece has been sent for a psychiatric evaluation at Bellevue hospital and no charges have been pressed 
  • Crime is rising in the city and many are pressing for new Governor Kathy Hochul to crack down on crime


A mentally ill New York woman has been taken to a psychiatric unit after reportedly confessed to murdering her 97-year-old aunt.

Antonia Cardona, 97, was found dead inside her apartment on Friday morning.

After her body was discovered, her niece – who has not been named – allegedly confessed to murdering her to her son, 19.

On Saturday, the 50-year-old niece was seen being taken away from the Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side, Manhattan, in handcuffs while repeatedly telling them she was responsible for Cardona’s murder.

‘I killed, I killed her,’ she repeated to cops, according to a neighbor. 

‘She was handcuffed, and she kept telling the cops, ‘I killed her. And they told her, “Ok, you did, but just keep paying attention to what we’re telling you. Walk this way,”‘ the neighbor, who only wanted to be identified as Maria, told The New York Post

Antonia Cardona, 97, was found dead in her apartment building (pictured) in the Lower East Side of New York City’s Manhattan borough on Friday morning 

Her niece is suspect in the case and was reportedly walked out in handcuffs by police saying 'I killed her, I killed her,' neighbors said. She has since been taken to a psychiatric ward for an evaluation and charges have not been pressed

Her niece is suspect in the case and was reportedly walked out in handcuffs by police saying ‘I killed her, I killed her,’ neighbors said. She has since been taken to a psychiatric ward for an evaluation and charges have not been pressed  

A police source told the Post that the niece had a history of mental history.

The niece was brought to the NYC Health Bellevue psychiatric ward for an evaluation and as of Saturday, no charges have been pressed, an NYPD spokesperson said. 

Another neighbor, who lived down the hall from Cardona, Nephtali Braudy, 77, told the Post: ‘That’s a bad shame. She was a good lady. She had somebody that helped her and take her for walks, and that was it. She minded her own business.’ 

Braudy, who knew the niece from the times they played dominos together, said she didn’t think the woman was capable of murder. ‘She seemed normal. But things happen. People go off.’  

Authorities reported the elderly woman had a cut on her wrist and suffered from bruises, but the official cause of death has not been reported. 

The Daily News reported Cardona moved to New York City seven decades ago and could often be found taking walks with his grandson Chris Cardona until her health declined. 

She was also a regular at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish a few blocks away from her home and often attended the 10am mass. 

Crime has been on the rise in New York City. 

Murders and robberies are down 1.3 per cent since last year. Shooting are up 2.4 per cent, rape is up  5.1 per cent, and felony assault is up 5 per cent. 

Overall crime in the city has risen less than one per cent since 2020. 

New York residents are calling on new Governor Kathy Hochul to crack down on crime. 

Crime is on the rise in New York City and many are calling on new Governor Kathy Hochul to crack down on crime

Crime is on the rise in New York City and many are calling on new Governor Kathy Hochul to crack down on crime 

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