Man facing upgraded charge after death of his mother, 80

February 01, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

A 40-year-old man charged with the attempted murder of his invalid mother on Jan. 23 was to have been charged with first-degree murder today, after the woman's death yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Held at the city Detention Center since his arrest nine days ago is Thomas Delevett. He lived at the Madison Apartments at 817 St. Paul St., with his mother, Marie, 80.

Homicide detectives said the man was to be moved from the Detention Center this afternoon and taken to police headquarters, where the charge of attempted murder would be upgraded to first-degree murder and related offenses.

Following the more serious charges, the suspect was to be returned to the Detention Center and held there without bail, police said.

Central District officers went to the Delevetts' apartment on Jan. 23 to investigate a report that the son was assaulting his mother.

When police entered the apartment they found the woman lying in a bedroom bleeding from multiple stab wounds to the face and head.

In the lobby, police found the woman's wheelchair, which her son reportedly shoved into a front desk window. The son was arrested at the scene.

From the apartment, the woman was taken to St. Agnes Hospital before being transferred to Shock Trauma, where she died yesterday.

Police believe the son assaulted his mother after accusing her of stealing his money.

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