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CORNING, N.Y. – A woman from New York state is behind bars after police said she used a hammer to beat and kill a 100-year-old man.

According to the Elmira Star-Gazette, police arrested and charged Brenda L. McKay, 51, of Corning, with second-degree murder Saturday in the death of Gerald C. Early. WHAM-TV reported that Early was McKay’s father.

Authorities discovered Early unconscious and suffering from head trauma in his West First Street home about 1:15 p.m. Saturday, the news outlets reported. Emergency responders flew Early to a Pennsylvania hospital, where doctors pronounced the man dead.

Investigators, who believe that McKay hit Early with a hammer multiple times, have not publicly released a possible motive for the slaying, according to the Star-Gazette.

McKay is being held at the Steuben County Jail, officials said.

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