Man charged in death of 70-year-old mother, who was pushed from a window and stomped on, police say

A 40-year-old man was charged Wednesday in the death of his 70-year-old mother, who police say was pushed out of a second-story window in Van Nuys and then stomped on.

Fernando Vargas faces one count of murder in the attack, which occurred Tuesday at 2:52 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 7400 block of Hazeltine Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.


If Vargas is convicted, he faces 25 years to life in state prison, the district attorney's office said.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Vargas was arguing with his mother before he threw her out the window.

He then jumped out of the open window himself and attacked her, LAPD Officer Irma Mota said.

Vargas kicked and stomped his mother as she lay on the ground, police said.

Police arrived to find Carlota Vargas lying on the ground outside the apartment complex.

She was taken to an area hospital, where she later died.

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