Police Seeking Murder Charges For Woman Who Beat Her 78-Year-Old Mother To Death With Pasta Sauce

Photo Credit: Selfie via Facebook; Hennepin County Jail

According to police in Minnesota, a woman was arrested for allegedly attacking her mother during an argument over unpaid rent, per Law & Crime

Nicole Mari Wobbeking, 49, got into an altercation with her mother, Sheila May Wobbeking, 78, which resulted in her death. Nicole is accused of pushing her mother down the stairs and then brutally beating her with a jar of pasta sauce. Unfortunately, Sheila did not survive the attack. Nicole was initially arrested on charges of misdemeanor domestic assault, but these charges were later upgraded to assault in the third degree when it was discovered that Sheila had suffered a broken bone.

Sheila Wobbeking later passed away at her home on July 5. Detectives are now seeking homicide charges. The incident occurred on June 27 when Sheila arrived at her home where her daughter Nicole is a tenant. Sheila entered the house and called out to her daughter with the intent to talk about Nicole’s

“unpaid rent” and “other issues,”

reports reveal. Nicole opened the bedroom door and began shouting expletives at her mother before slapping her in the face and pushing her down the stairs.

Nicole then used a can of unopened pasta sauce to beat her mother on her ribs and hips. Sheila managed to stand up and leave the house with her granddaughter before calling the police. At the hospital, it was determined that she had a broken ankle. Nicole admitted to police that she pushed her mother causing her to

“[fall] a little bit down the stairs”

and claimed that her mother had entered the house without permission, the complaint alleges. 

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined that Sheila’s death was a homicide caused by a pulmonary embolism resulting from a broken ankle. Sheila is remembered as a kind and loving person who was dedicated to her family, friends, and community, her eulogy read. 

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