A man made his first court appearance Monday on a charge alleging that he murdered his 89-year-old grandmother in El Monte.

Charles Lawrence Parsons, who turned 32 on Sunday, was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $2 million bail while awaiting arraignment Jan. 24 in a Pomona courtroom.

Parsons was arrested just before 6 a.m. last Wednesday by El Monte police in connection with the woman’s death.

Her identity has not been released pending notification of her next of kin.

Police responded at 10:54 pm. Tuesday to the 11300 block Cedar Circle on a welfare check, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“When they arrived, they found a woman lying inside the location suffering from significant trauma to the upper body,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s department.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she died, the sheriff’s department reported.

“Officers received information regarding a possible suspect,” according to the statement from the sheriff’s department statement. “He was located, detained as a person of interest, and has since been arrested for the murder.”

The sheriff’s department was assisting El Monte police in the investigation. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted at lacrimestoppers.org.

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