US man tries to evict 98-year-old mom on birthday

February 17, 2012 - 11:25 AM

FAIRFIELD, Connecticut (AP) — A woman whose son served her with eviction papers on her 98th birthday is fighting his efforts to remove her from her home.

Mary Kantorowski's oldest son, 71-year-old Peter Kantorowski, says he's concerned about her well-being. When he last saw her eight months ago, she seemed disoriented and was living in poor conditions, he said.

Peter Kantorowski, who owns the house, says his mother has rejected his suggestions to live with him or in a nursing home. A trial is set for March 2.

"I didn't think he would do it," Mary Kantorowski said. "My husband worked hard, difficult jobs to buy this house. He built the garage and did a lot of work on the house and he told me never to leave it."

Her husband, John, died in 1997.

"This is just a despicable situation," her lawyer, Richard Bortolot Jr., told the Connecticut Post newspaper. "Mary has been living here happily paying all the expenses for the house and now her son, Peter, comes along and is telling her, 'Get the hell out,' so he can sell it."

Mary Kantorowski's other son, Jack Kantorowski, told WTNH-TV: "There are no other words to call him. He's just a scumbag."

Bortolot said a probate court stopped Peter Kantorowski from trying to sell the house after the eviction papers were served in December.

Peter Kantorowski says he's just looking out for his mother's best interests.

"I'm not throwing her on the street," he said. "At her age, at 98, I'm sure that she should be with people of her peers. She should have her meals on time."