Dad Who Killed Pregnant Daughter Dug Hole in Basement for Makeshift Grave: Prosecutors | NBC New York

Dad Who Killed Pregnant Daughter Dug Hole in Basement for Makeshift Grave: Prosecutors



    The father of the missing 39-year-old pregnant woman found in the basement crawl space of the Bronx home where she was last seen has been arrested in her death, police say. (Published Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016)

    William Caruth, the 61-year-old Bronx man accused of killing his pregnant daughter, allegedly buried her in a grave he dug himself in the basement of her home, prosecutors said at his arraignment Thursday.

    Anndrea Caruth, 39, was discovered dead by police early Wednesday morning. Her body was lodged in the makeshift grave in a closet, covered by wooden plywood, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. It appeared she had been struck by a hammer because she had crescent-shaped wounds on her skull, 

    Her father, William, was taken into custody and charged with murdering her early Thursday.

    Prosecutors also revealed in court that Andrea Caruth was four-and-a-half months pregnant when she was found dead.

    Andrea Caruth owned the Bronx home on Corsa Avenue where she operated a nursery school on the first floor and rented the basement apartment to her father, Boyce said Thursday. 

    William Caruth and his daughter got into an argument when she confronted him about him not paying his rent, according to Boyce. It appears that's what led to the deadly encounter. 

    A Bronx judge ordered William Caruth held without bail at his arraignment Thursday, but did grant his request for medical attention behind bars for an unknown issue. He is due back in court January 12. 

    His attorney declined comment.

    William Caruth has two prior arrests but they were "not something substantial that would indicate he would do something like this," Boyce said. 

    His wife lives in the Carribbean but they are not together, said Boyce. 

    Neighbors were still in shock over the arrest Thursday.

    "I can't believe that he would do this to his own daughter," said Valentina Caiazzo. 

    Friends and relatives held an emotional vigil for Andrea Wednesday night. 

    "She was a very giving person, very generous," said friend Marie Smith in tears. "This is terrible." 

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