Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead is a woman from Pennsylvania who has been charged in the murder of her eleven year old son. According to police reports Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead would tell police that she strangled her eleven year old son, Matthew Whitehead, to grow up with financial difficulty. Apparently Matthew was sleeping in the same bed as his mother and crying about the families financial problems so Ruth would strangle him
After killing her son Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead would drive to Cape May New Jersey and drive the vehicle into the ocean
The father of eleven year old Matthew Whitehead would find his body
Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead faces charges of first- and third-degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime
Ruth DiRienzo-Whitehead News
Ruth Whitehead-Dirienzo has been charged with murder after her 11-year-old son was found dead in her home in Horsham, Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
She has been charged with first and second-degree murder.
The mother was charged after she was missing and police found her in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, after the discovery of her son’s body in her home, police said.
Shortly before she was found, her car was pulled from the beach of Cape May, where it was found partially submerged in the ocean, officials claim.
According to police, the incident began after officers responded to a call of an unresponsive child at a home along the 500 block of Privet Road in Horsham, Pennsylvania, at 7:06 a.m.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Horsham Police Chief Scott Fida said that the boy’s father, Daniel Whitehead, called police after he found his son dead in bed.
The officers found the boy’s body in the master bedroom where he spent the night with his mother, according to investigators.
The father told police that when he awoke on Tuesday morning he noticed the master bedroom door was locked and his wife’s black Toyota Highlander was missing from the garage.
As officers were investigating the scene early Tuesday at the home in Montgomery County, law enforcement officials in Cape May, New Jersey, said they discovered the SUV owned by the boy’s mother “partially submerged in the ocean just of Beach Avenue.”
A cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and the investigation is ongoing.