Gilberto Urrutia Perez
Gilberto Urrutia Perez. Photo: Corona Police Department

A man accused of beating his 64-year-old mother into a coma on Thanksgiving, inflicting injuries that left her brain dead, has been charged with murder and elder abuse.

Gilberto Urrutia Perez, 45, was arrested last week for the alleged attack on Lidia Urrutia at her Corona home.

Perez made his initial court appearance before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Samuel Diaz Wednesday, who appointed him a public defender and scheduled his arraignment for Dec. 13 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to Corona police, Perez went to his mother’s residence in the 1700 block of Rainbow Ridge for a Thanksgiving family visit. While other relatives were out of the home early that afternoon, the defendant, for reasons not disclosed, allegedly attacked the woman, striking her multiple times and leaving her on the floor of the residence.

Relatives saw Perez leaving the property as they were returning. They found Urrutia suffering from major blunt force trauma and called 911, according to police. Perez was located less than an hour later in Brentwood Park, where he was arrested without incident.

The victim lingered in a coma until Sunday, when doctors declared her brain dead, at which point her family opted to remove her from life support, once organ harvesting could be arranged, police said.

Perez has no documented prior felony convictions.

–City News Service

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