'I did it, I stabbed her,' sister is quoted as telling police

November 30, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

A 25-year-old Rosedale woman charged with fatally stabbing her sister yesterday morning faces a bail review hearing today in Towson.

"I did it, I stabbed her," Cynthia L. Askew allegedly told police officers who arrived on the scene, according to District Court charging documents.

Police said that when they asked to see the knife, Ms. Askew took an officer into the kitchen, and the officer found a bloody knife in the sink.

Ms. Askew, a resident of the 6000 block of St. Regis Road, was arrested shortly after the stabbing, which happened a few minutes after midnight. She has been charged with first-degree murder.

Her sister, Samantha Laverne Brown, 27, was taken to Franklin Square Hospital, suffering from a stab wound to the chest. Doctors pronounced Ms. Brown dead at 1:26 a.m.

Janice Brown, mother of the two women, told police that her daughters had been arguing, and that the argument intensified. She said she separated them and thought the dispute was over. But, police said, Ms. Askew then allegedly came out of the kitchen with a knife and stabbed Ms. Brown.

"Ms. [Janice] Brown saw Samantha fall to the floor," police wrote in District Court papers. "She saw Ms. Askew with the knife in her hand."

The reason for the argument was unclear yesterday. Homicide detectives said the argument was over something "inconsequential," said E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman.

Ms. Askew was held yesterday at the Baltimore County jail, after a court commissioner declined to set bail.

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