He Was a Boxer and Married to the Mob. He Wasn’t Prepared for Guardianship.

In their petition to appoint guardians to Marvin, his granddaughters described him as helpless, demented and unable to maintain a conversation or remember the information he was told.

Marvin said it was his choice to live in the basement. He had a TV and gym equipment there, and a futon frame stacked with mattresses. But when Todd showed him a picture of himself taken shortly thereafter, shirtless, Marvin was distressed to see how skinny he was. “When I look at it,” he said, “it indicates that I have not been given food, because my bones are showing.”

There were also financial questions. Four months earlier, in July 2018, with Anita’s cancer spreading, someone helped Marvin change his will to leave the Dyker Heights home, which is worth more than $1.2 million, entirely to the grandmothers, instead of being shared between the two families, as it was before. Todd said other accounts were also changed in favor of Anita’s family, including beneficiaries of Anita’s will and $368,000 in life insurance policies.

That Friday, a few days after Todd’s initial visit, Todd and his older brother, Ralph, who lives in New York City, showed up at the Dyker Heights home and announced that they were going to take their father to lunch. Instead, they started a tour of Marvin’s banks to remove his assets.

Police officers, notified by Anita’s family, text Todd telling him to bring Marvin to a police station. Todd said they reported to an area in Manhattan, then to one in Brooklyn, and then to the hospital, because Marvin’s blood pressure was “off the charts.” Finally, sometime around two in the morning and without his mother’s warning, Todd took his father to the apartment he had shared with Felicia, in the Upper East Side building where Todd had grown up.

This was the first time Marvin and Felicia had met each other in at least a decade.

Todd said he was only protecting his father’s assets. In the guardianship petition, the two brothers’ granddaughters accused Todd and his brother of “exerting undue influence and coercion” over Marvin to get his money, saying that he “cannot have a long conversation because he cannot remember the information shared with him and thus loses the topic of discussion.”

Marvin only saw Anita again, when he came home a few days after Thanksgiving to get his medication. In a very short video clip recorded on Todd’s mobile phone, Marvin is standing on top of her bed, apparently telling her he is leaving. She can be heard saying, “If you think I will ask you.”

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