A man who is suspected to have beat a woman to death Tuesday has been taken into custody by the Westmoreland police.

He was taken into custody on Wednesday.

The deceased has been identified as 53-year-old Dawn Loney of Chantilly Gardens, Westmoreland.

Reports are that about 9:00am, a man forcibly gained entry to Loney’s home and attacked her with a stone which he used to repeatedly strike her in the head.

Loney was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Westmoreland police are investigating.