Kerrigan brother charged with manslaughter

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

Mark Kerrigan, the brother of American figure skater Nancy, has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his father in January.

Kerrigan had previously only faced an assault and battery after allegedly attacking his 70-year-old father, Daniel, during a heated argument in the family's Stoneham, Massachusetts home. A medical examiner later ruled the death a homicide.

"We allege that the defendant's violent reckless actions and complete disregard for his father's safety and well-being endangered Daniel Kerrigan's life and resulted in the substantial harm that led to his untimely death," District Attorney Gerry Leone told the Associated Press.

"This defendant should have known that the cruel acts that he committed against his elderly father, including grabbing him by the neck with enough force to cause a fracture, were highly likely to result in substantial harm and endanger his father's life," Leone said.

The Kerrigan family has stated that they do not blame anybody for Daniel's death. They also criticized the medical examiner's findings, which suggest the elder Kerrigan died of a heart rhythm problem as a result of damage to his windpipe due to neck compression.

Mark Kerrigan will be arraigned Friday in Woburn Superior Court.


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