Brooklyn, NY – A 36-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the second-degree after allegedly stabbing his mother to death and cruelly attacking her poodle before throwing the dog off an 11th-floor balcony.
Andre Eugene, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, is accused of killing his mother, Donna Hyman, and inflicting fatal injuries on her dog, Gigi.
Police were called to the 1500 block of Hornell Loop in Brooklyn on the evening of January 19. When they arrived at the apartment shared by Hyman and Eugene, they found Hyman’s lifeless body on the floor. She had been stabbed 56 times, including multiple wounds to the heart, according to a criminal complaint.
The officers also discovered Gigi, the bloodied poodle, in front of the building, with multiple stab wounds to its body. A forensic veterinarian confirmed that Gigi had sustained injuries to its back, right side, end, and back legs.
Eugene, who reportedly worked as a paraprofessional, was found naked and covered in blood in front of the building following the alleged attack. He claimed that his mother had died by suicide, and the dog had fallen from the balcony.
Eugene was taken to the hospital for a dog bite to his thigh, as well as several self-inflicted stab wounds. He was subsequently charged on January 24 and is scheduled to appear in court on February 27. No comment has been made by Eugene’s attorney at this time.