Tasneem Diwan

Tasneem Diwan. (Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office photo)

EAST WINDSOR, N.J. — A New Jersey Pakistani-American woman accused of bludgeoning her mother-in-law to death in the home they shared has been indicted on a murder charge.

Tasneem Diwan also faces two weapons counts in the indictment by a Mercer County jury that was made public Oct. 17.

Prosecutors have said Diwan admitted striking 73-year-old Safia Diwan in the head numerous times with an unknown object. They say Tasneem Diwan's husband, Nauman, found his mother's body in January in a pool of blood in their East Windsor home.

Diwan remains jailed on $1 million bail and has been ordered to surrender her passport. She's a U.S. citizen who has lived in the country for 35 years, but she has two children in Pakistan.

Her attorney says there's no physical evidence linking her to the death.

An earlier report in India-West adds: According to a report from the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office, Tasneem Diwan struck her mother-in-law on the head numerous times with an unknown object. She then fled the scene and was found three days later at a bus station near the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

According to police reports, Nauman Diwan, an internist, found the dead body of his mother lying in a front office of their home and called police Jan. 26 evening.

NJ.com reported that Tasneem Diwan silently hung her head while appearing via video conference in Superior Court in Mercer County, and at one point moved out of the camera's view entirely. She has been held on bail of $1 million since her arrest Jan. 29.

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