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Waterbury high school student arrested in mother's death

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The following photo of Elijah Johnson was provided by the Waterbury Police Department. The following photo of Elijah Johnson was provided by the Waterbury Police Department.
Kacy Austin (Photo Courtesy: Facebook) Kacy Austin (Photo Courtesy: Facebook)
Elijah Johnson (Photo Courtesy: Facebook) Elijah Johnson (Photo Courtesy: Facebook)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Waterbury police arrested a high school student with the death of his mother in January when she reportedly refused to let him use the car.

Elijah Johnson, 17, was arrested over the weekend. He was an honors student at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury.

Police said Johnson became upset when his mother, 44-year-old Kacy Austin, told him he couldn't drive the family car to school.

Austin, who was the well-known director at Connecticut Renaissance Center in Waterbury, was found dead in her home on Tudor Street in Waterbury on Jan. 21, police said.

When the homicide was first reported, Johnson told police his mother had a headache, so she let him drive her car to school, even though he only had a driver's permit.

Johnson said when he got home he found the front door unlocked and partially open.

According to court records, he went into the apartment and found his mother on the floor, covered in blood. He hugged her and put his ear to her chest to listen for a heartbeat.

Then Johnson said cleaned the blood from her face and the area around her on the floor, court documents stated.

This weekend, an unidentified social worker called police to say they were hired by Johnson's father. He reportedly told the social worker that his son accidentally killed his mother.

Police said they believe Johnson stabbed his mother in the face and neck. He then killed her by strangling her from behind because she wouldn't let him use the car, police said.

About a week before the homicide, Johnson allegedly mistook Austin for a burglar and hit her in the head with a frying pan three times, according to court documents.

"Last night I came in from work and when I came through the door Elijah attacked me...hit me in the head several times with a steel pot...it took him a while to realize it was me," Austin texted Johnson's father about the incident, according to court documents.

Austin said the incident caused his mother to miss work, court documents stated.

"So bizarre Roland so bizarre...he is embarrassed...scared and guilty right now...I don't know Roland...I really don't know," Austin texted Johnson's father about the incident, according to court documents.

Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, where Johnson was a senior released a statement on the arrest Tuesday.

"The arrest of a Sacred Heart High School student comes as tragic and distressing news. We ask that the student body and extended community pray for his mother, for the student and his family. We will respect the family's privacy and would ask the Sacred Heart community to do so as well," the statement read.

Counseling is being offered for students at Sacred Heart High School.

Officials at Waterbury Renaissance Center also released a statement on Tuesday.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. We offer our condolences to the family of Kacy Austin," said Dr. Rachel Petitti, who is the Chief Executive Officer at Waterbury Renaissance Center.

Eyewitness News tried talking to the suspect's father, but his girlfriend told the station he did not want to talk at this time.

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