Essex woman is found stabbed to death Police question father of one of her children

September 02, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

An Essex woman was found stabbed to death after a 911 call early yesterday by her 8-year-old daughter, Baltimore County police reported.

The body of Brenda Carroll, 30, was found in an upstairs bedroom of her rented rowhouse in the 9700 block of Matzon Road around 5 a.m., said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

The father of one of her two children was questioned by detectives after arriving voluntarily at the Essex Police Precinct station four hours later. The man -- who was not identified -- was being held last night on a warrant in an unrelated matter, but had not been charged in the stabbing, police said.

Carroll's children -- the daughter and a younger boy, whose names were not released -- were home when the adults began arguing, according to police Sgt. John Cullum.

Neighbors said Carroll was not living with the man, but that they were often heard quarreling loudly in the two-story house. Carroll, who worked at a senior center near her house, had lived there for less than a year and the child's father visited often, they said.

"We would hear so much arguing it was to the point where we didn't pay attention anymore," said Carolyn Wagner, who lives three doors away. "But I never heard him yell at anyone other than her. He was always quiet and polite, always said 'Yes Ma'am' and 'No Ma'am' to me."

"Just Wednesday, she was screaming at him, 'Don't come in my house,' and he kept saying, 'I'm coming in that house,' " Wagner said. "They would fight over anything. Once it was over a gold bracelet, once it was when two guys came to the house."

Police had been called to the house several times because of fighting, said Winfred White, who lives across the street.

Before dawn yesterday, as police looked through the house and patrol cars lined the street, the children sat quietly on the porch, huddled under a blanket and looking scared, neighbors said.

It was unclear whether the children knew their mother was dead, neighbors said. When the girl called police, she said only that her mother was unconscious, Toohey said.

"We didn't know [Carroll] too well, she was pretty quiet," said Bernadette Wagner, whose children played with Carroll's.

Pub Date: 9/02/96

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