william caruth

*Right on the heels of the devastating story we released earlier about Andrea Caruth, the daycare owner found dead in her Bronx residence, police have identified her killer as 61-year-old William Caruth.

Her father.

No formal cause of death has been released by the medical examiner, but authorities did report that the 39-year-old woman, who was five months pregnant, was strangled and hit with blunt force on her head.

Caruth’s father was arrested after being interviewed by police.

“I can’t believe it,” friend Marjorie Johnson Fitzwilliam said at a vigil for Andrea Wednesday night. “How could a father kill his own child? It doesn’t make any sense.”

Sources say it appears William Caruth had been stealing money from his daughter and took out a second mortgage on the home he shared with her and her boyfriend without her knowledge. When Andrea Caruth discovered what happened, she confronted her father, which apparently led to the deadly confrontation, the sources said.

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