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Wayne County Man Charged in Death of His Mother

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A Huron man is in the Wayne County jail, charged in the death of his own mother.

Bonnie Castle Road is a dirt road which runs along the east shore of Sodus Bay. Daniel Burkwit lived there, with his mother Marcia.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, on October 20th or 21st, Daniel Burkwit and his mother got into a fight. Marcia Burkwit died.

Sheriff Barry Virts and Wayne County DA Richard Healy discussed details of the arrest, which happened Sunday. Daniel Burkwit is charged with manslaughter, for causing his mom's death.

"During the altercation, she was pushed, and that caused her to fall and break her neck," Healy said.

On October 22nd, a neighbor called 911. Deputies went to Burkwit's home. He told them about his mother's death, leading them to a wooded area up the road from his home, where he had taken his mother's body, covering her in leaves.

Authorities wouldn't discuss specifics regarding what the fight was over, or who investigators interviewed.

Burkwit, after his mother's death, was arrested on trespassing and harassment charges, for confronting that neighbor who'd called 911.

"He went over to see the neighbor, there was some dispute, there was a stay-away order of protection so he was arrested for contempt of court," Healy said.

While in jail, Burkwit allegedly spoke to another inmate, expressing remorse. According to court papers, Burkwit told fellow inmate Thomas Walsh about what he'd done, that he'd "jerked her away," causing Marcia Burkwit to lose her balance and fall down the basement stairs.

According to Walsh's statement to police, the argument started when his mother told Burkwit she was getting old, and he needed to do more around the house. Burkwit told the fellow inmate he "felt bad" about what had happened."

After his mother's death, authorities say Daniel Burkwit moved to Syracuse. On Sunday, he turned himself over to a Wayne County Sheriff's investigator in that city. He was brought to Lyons Town court where he was arraigned. Burkwit is being held without bail.

Healy expects the DA's office to present the case to a grand jury within the next month.

"The next step would be for the grand jury to decide, if it's manslaughter. They could increase the charge, reduce the charge or they could find in fact there is no crime," Healy said.

Burkwit is due back in Lyons Town Court for a preliminary hearing later this week. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP