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Mom charged with murder in death of son in Westerlo

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Zetzsche, covering her face, is walked into Westerlo Town Court on Tuesday. Zetzsche, covering her face, is walked into Westerlo Town Court on Tuesday.
Tracey A. Zetzsche mug shot (Albany County Sheriff's Office) Tracey A. Zetzsche mug shot (Albany County Sheriff's Office)
Photo of 22-year old Gabriel Philby-Zetzsche Photo of 22-year old Gabriel Philby-Zetzsche
Photo of 22-year old Gabriel Philby-Zetzsche Photo of 22-year old Gabriel Philby-Zetzsche

WESTERLO, N.Y. -- The mother of a 22-year-old man found dead in Westerlo on Monday is now being charged with causing his death.

52-year-old Tracey Zetzsche has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her son, 22-year old Gabriel Philby-Zetzsche.

Zetzsche, in shackles and handcuffs, was arraigned Tuesday evening in Westerlo Town Court. The court entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf.

Philby-Zetzsche's body was found by a family member on Monday in the apartment the 22-year old shared with his mother. According to autopsy results, Philby-Zetzsche was stabbed in the heart and bludgeoned to death. Police said knives and a hammer were used.

Officials with the Albany County Sheriff's Office believe Philby-Zetzsche, who had cerebral palsy, had been dead for at least three days before his body was found. They said Zetzsche continued to live in the apartment during that time.

A search warrant was issued for the home revealing there was an attempt to clean up the crime scene prior to officers' arrival. The sheriff's office says blood soaked clothes and bedding were found in the trash with the alleged murder weapons.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said multiple times Tuesday that Zetzsche had not been cooperative with the investigation. She told investigators she could not remember what happened or how she obtained bruising and lacerations to her hands or body.

When asked if she had confessed or said anything during arraignment, Apple told reporters, "She was still not forthcoming, right up to the very end."

Zetzsche is scheduled to reappear in Westerlo Town Court on Monday, August 6 at 4 p.m. She is being assigned a public defender.

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