Columbia boy, 13, charged with attempt to kill his live-in tutor at home

September 24, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

A 13-year-old Columbia boy has been charged with attempting to kill his live-in nanny and tutor at his home in the PTC upscale Village of Kings Contrivance, Howard County police said.

The attack is the second on a tutor in Howard County this year.

The juvenile, whose name was not released because of his age, is being held at the J. S. Waxter Children's Center, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman. The youth has been charged as a juvenile with attempted first-degree murder.

Linda Dale Greenbank, the 41-year-old nanny who also served as the boy's tutor, is in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was flown after the stabbing about 4 p.m. Tuesday, police said. She was stabbed in her neck, chest and abdomen. Police said she had worked for the family about one year.

"I don't know the reason [for the stabbing], but the 13-year-old repeatedly stabbed the victim," Sergeant Gardner said. "All we know is that the 13-year-old apparently accosted the nanny in the first floor of the house."

The nanny and the juvenile "apparently didn't get along," Sergeant Gardner said. "We don't know what exactly provoked the stabbing."

They were the only occupants inside the two-garage, brown house when the attack occurred, Sergeant Gardner said. The woman ran from the house for help after the attack, he said.

An off-duty Baltimore police officer returning home to the neighborhood saw the victim covered with blood and lying on grass outside the family's home in the 8800 block of Blue Sea Drive, police said. The officer, Burton Israel, went inside the house and found the juvenile upstairs. Police said the boy took a shower immediately after the attack.

Officer Israel, who works for the department's tactical unit, detained the boy until county police arrived, Sergeant Gardner said.

County police were called by neighbors who saw Ms. Greenbank run from the house, said one of those neighbors, who asked not to be identified.

"They wrapped her in a blanket to stop the bleeding," he said.

The neighbor said the boy is an only child.

"He was nice enough. . . ." the neighbor said. "He was never violent."

He said the family has lived in the area for about five years.

Another neighbor said the boy stayed in the house much of the time and played with few other children in the neighborhood.

No one answered the door at the home yesterday. Telephone calls went unanswered.

Ms. Greenbank is a private tutor and does not work for the Howard County public schools, a school spokeswoman said.

In a similar attack in Howard County this year, the victim was a

57-year-old, at-home teacher for the county school system.

In March, teacher Shirley Rue Mullinix was strangled to death by a student during an argument as she tutored him at his home on Murray Hill Road near Kings Contrivance, police said. The two had argued about his grades.

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