Katherine Schubert, who is accused of beating her grandmother, 94-year-old Mary Driscoll of Brick, N.J., is now facing a murder charge after Driscoll‚??s death on Saturday. / Asbury Park Press, courtesy Ocean County, N.J., jail
BRICK, N.J. -- A woman accused of inflicting a fatal beating on her elderly grandmother is on probation for child endangerment, following an arrest on multiple charges, including heroin possession and driving while intoxicated with a minor in the car, according to court and motor vehicle records.
Katherine L.Schubert, 37, of Brick pleaded guilty Nov. 22 in Superior Court in Bergen County to endangering the welfare of a child for whom she had a legal duty to care, according to court records.
Superior Court Judge Edward Jerejian sentenced Schubert in the matter on Feb. 7 to three years on probation, according to the court records.
Schubert was scheduled to appear before Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels on Thursday to face a charge of murder in the death of her 94-year-old grandmother, Mary Driscoll. However, the court event was postponed at the last minute and is now scheduled for Monday.
Authorities said Schubert was intoxicated in the kitchen of the home she lived in with Driscoll on May 18 when her mother, Michele Schubert, who is Driscoll's daughter, found her elderly mother badly injured and slumped in her bed in her home. Michele Schubert made the discovery when she went to the house after being unable to reach either her mother or daughter for two days.
Driscoll was hospitalized in critical condition for a week at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where she died on Saturday.
Katherine Schubert, initially arrested and charged with aggravated assault on her grandmother, now faces a murder charge.
Dr. Ian Hood, forensic pathologist for the Ocean County Medical Examiner's Office, ruled Driscoll's death a homicide after determining that she died as a result of complications from head trauma.
In the Bergen County case, Katherine Schubert, also known as Katherine Cicchetti, was arrested in Mahwah on July 10, according to court records. She was charged with six disorderly persons offenses and three indictable offenses.
The indictable offenses were endangering the welfare of a child for whom she had a legal duty to care, possession of heroin and possession of prescription narcotics, according to the court records.
All of the charges except for the child endangerment charge were dismissed as part of a plea bargain, the records said.
Contributing: Margaret F. Bonafide of the Asbury Press
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