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New York Post
The pyscho teen accused of savagely beating his mother to death was a deeply troubled, heavily medicated epileptic whose angry outbursts terrified his worried mom, sources and neighbors said today.
Henry Wachtel, 19, was on the epilepsy med Keppra, the steroid prendisone used to treat migraines and a host of maladies, an anti-depressant and other medications, sources told The Post.
Karyn Kay, 63, made a call at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from her Midtown apartment to get help for her son, who was suffering from a seizure, sources said.
But as she tried to help him, he suddenly turned on her and allegedly beat her to a bloody pulp inside their West 55th Street apartment, the sources said.
“Help! Help! He’s attacking me! Help!” Kay desperately screams on the 911 recordings.
Sources said the teen could be heard on the 911 call loudly grunting as he allegedly pummeled his mother.
One neighbor said other residents told him Wachtel was crying hysterically and saying, “I’m sorry, Mommy!” after the beating.
Another neighbor said the pair had a volatile relationship.
“She said terrible things to him and you would hear things fly. I’d hear her yelling, ‘I hate you’ and ‘Why are you doing this to me?’ ” said that neighbor, Leigh Miller.
“It went on for years, since Henry was a little boy.”
Midtown North cops, who rushed to the scene, found Kay covered in blood lying face-up on her kitchen floor with a fractured skull, broken eye socket and ribs.
Wachtel — who was charged with murder last night, and was arraigned today in court — was also covered in blood, the sources said.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psych exam.
Kay, who wrote the screenplay for the 1988 movie “Call Me,” starring Steve Buscemi, was a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a teacher at La Guardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, according to Pratt’s Web site.