UC Santa Cruz Student Stabs Mother to Death With Scissors and Kills Her Dogs, Police Say

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Joseph Badiali was accused of stabbing his mother to death with a pair of scissors. (Credit: Hayward Police Department)

A 20-year-old UC Santa Cruz student has been charged with stabbing his mother to death with a pair of scissors and then killing the family’s three Chihuahuas.

His 93-year-old grandmother made the call to police.

“Yes I did it. … She’s gone. She’s dead,” the suspect, Joseph Badiali, told officers, according to a criminal complaint.

Badiali faces one count of murder in the death of his mother, Rosemary Theresita Badiali, and animal cruelty charges in the dogs’ deaths, according to an Alameda County Superior Court complaint.

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