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By Rampart Stonebridge, updated on July 18, 2023

Man bludgeoned his mother to death, hand injuries help break case

In a chilling incident that has left the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, in shock, a young man has been arrested following the discovery of his mother's brutally beaten body in his residence, with the injuries on his own hands playing a pivotal role in the unfolding investigation.

The tranquility of the community was shattered when 23-year-old Michael Belous was taken into custody after his mother's lifeless body was discovered in his condominium, WCVB reported. The deceased, identified as 51-year-old Elena Vainer, bore severe facial bruising and other indications of violent trauma.

The case, which has sent ripples of horror through the local populace, is currently being probed by the Middlesex District Attorney's office and Lowell Police.

Emergency call leads to horrifying discovery

On the fateful morning, Belous placed a distressing 911 call, reporting his mother to be in a critical condition and barely able to breathe. He described her state as resembling someone who had been in a physical altercation. However, the first responders who rushed to the scene were met with a sight far more gruesome than they had anticipated.

Assistant District Attorney Yashmeen Desai recounted the scene, stating,

"(First responders) found the victim to be cold to the touch with pooling of blood to her back, obvious signs of injury to her face, her left hand and neck."

Injuries on hands spark suspicion

Upon their arrival, the police officers noticed injuries on Belous's hands, which seemed consistent with a recent physical altercation. This observation raised suspicion, leading to further questioning of Belous. His assertion that his mother was breathing just moments before the 911 call was deemed inconsistent with the observations at the scene.

Desai further elaborated,

"The defendant claiming she was breathing moments earlier was inconsistent with the observations on scene, which was more consistent a physical struggle That resulted in her death."

Investigation suggests physical confrontation

As per the investigators, it appears that Vainer was visiting her son, a student at UMass Lowell, at his condominium when a physical confrontation ensued.

This confrontation resulted in Vainer being severely beaten, leading to multiple injuries to her head and neck.

Following the incident, Belous was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a household or family member, and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. He was held without bail at his arraignment in Lowell District Court.

Defense attorney questions the validity of evidence

Stanley Norkunas, the defense attorney representing Belous, raised questions about the evidence against his client.

He highlighted that it was Belous who had made the 911 call and had been instructed to perform CPR on his mother over the phone.

Norkunas stated,

"There’s a lot of open issues on this. I think it’s important to remember he did call. They were instructing him on CPR on the phone and he was very emotional when they told him his mother was deceased at the apartment itself."

The case is still under investigation, and additional charges may be filed after the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determines the exact cause and manner of death.

What it means

  • In a chilling incident, a young man named Michael Belous has been arrested following the discovery of his mother's brutally beaten body in his residence.
  • Belous placed a distressing 911 call, reporting his mother to be in a critical condition and barely able to breathe, appearing as if she had been in a physical altercation.
  • Upon arrival, first responders found the victim, Elena Vainer, dead with severe injuries.
  • Belous's hand injuries, consistent with a recent fight, sparked suspicion and led to his arrest.
  • Belous's defense attorney raised questions about the evidence against his client, emphasizing that Belous was the one who had made the 911 call and was very emotional upon learning of his mother's death.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.

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