NEW YORK — A Staten Island mom who worked as live-in home health aide to an 80-year-old man found beaten to death with “I touch little girls” scrawled in marker across his bare chest was in custody Wednesday for allegedly assaulting her 3-year-old daughter — as cops investigated whether she has any connection to the bizarre slaying, a source told the New York Daily News.
Rene Ayarde, 28, and her daughter lived with octogenarian victim Robert Raynor, who was discovered dead Monday morning face up with his hands stretched over his head in the first-floor hallway of his Corson Avenue home in Tompkinsville.
Ayarde has not been named as a suspect in Raynor’s death, which cops announced Wednesday has been officially deemed a homicide.
The 80-year-old victim’s infuriated daughter insisted Wednesday her father was no pedophile.
The victim’s daughter Carolyn Whetstone was looking for answers in the shocking death and expressed her outrage over the comments written on her dad’s corpse.
“That’s not my father,” Whetstone told the Daily News from her North Carolina home. “He would not touch a child. He would never violate anyone. He’s got daughters and granddaughters that he’s watched when he’s come to visit me ... That’s not him. That’s not true.”
Whetstone said her father was stricken with cancer and suffered from arthritic knees “so he didn’t have the physical ability to do that.”
Raynor’s death was officially declared a homicide Wednesday by police, with the cause of death cited as blunt trauma of head and torso. A police source indicated Ayarde hasn’t been ruled out as a suspect in the fatal beating.
Ayarde was arrested twice in the last five months, most recently for allegedly assaulting her 3-year-old daughter just over six hours after Raynor’s body was discovered in the hallway outside the apartment he shared with the home health aide and her daughter, police said.
Ayarde allegedly dropped her daughter onto the concrete and dragged her along Hester Street near Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side about 3:45 p.m. Monday, then threw a full water bottle at the girl’s face, according to authorities.