Arrested on Tuesday in Laconia, N.H., Azarva pleaded innocent in Lynn District Court on Friday to threatening to commit a crime and assault and battery on a person over 60 causing injury. He is being held in the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton without bail.
"Additional charges carrying even more substantial penalties are pending," Assistant District Attorney Lisa Core said in court Friday.
Judge Ellen Flatley, at Core's request, ordered Azarva returned to court on Monday.
Saugus police reports filed in court detail how officers and Greater Lynn Senior Services workers went to the 55 Saville St. home Azarva shares with his mother, Rosalyn Azarva, on Oct. 20 prepared to serve him an order for elder caretaker abuse.
A friend of Azarva's said Azarva had packed a bag earlier in the day and left the house with his mother without saying where he was going, according to the police report.
The report does not state where the Azarvas spent Oct. 20 through Oct. 25 when a nurse at a Laconia health clinic called police after questioning why someone who lives in Saugus sought help for his mother at a clinic there. Saugus Police had issued an alert for Azarva and his mother.
Police arrested Azarva and contacted Saugus police after taking Rosalyn Azarva to a Laconia hospital.
Court documents also detailing reports complaining about Rosalyn Azarva's care date back to January when an anonymous person claimed Azarva often left his mother at home alone and forgot to feed her and give her her medication.
A second report filed in June by a hospice worker stated that Azarva refused to give his mother pain medication. The police report also states Azarva describes his mother as suffering from advanced dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
The report also stated that "on one occasion Mr. Azarva threatened to get his gun if anyone tried to take his mother away from him and place her in a nursing home."
Core stated in court that Azarva "admitted he would smack her face to get her attention and pull her hair to reposition her."
But William O'Shea, the attorney who represented Azarva at his Friday court appearance, said Azarva told him "he slaps (his mother) in a gentle manner" to wake her up and get her attention.
"He tells me he would move her head on the pillows," O'Shea said.
He said Azarva, who is listed as single and self-employed on police reports, has cared for his mother "his entire life."
The remark prompted Flatley to tell O'Shea: "I suspect she was once his caretaker."
O'Shea modified his statement to say Azarva has cared for his mother since 2004. He said Azarva and a nurse recently differed over the nurse's proposal to give Rosalyn Azarva morphine and blood thinning medication.
O'Shea said Azarva drove to Laconia to get his mother "evaluated" and left Saugus because "he was told by a care worker that he would be taken out of the equation."
Core said Rosalyn Azarva is in Union Hospital.
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