Woman stabbed after argument remains in critical condition Son, 29, accused in attack, held in jail without bond

October 21, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City woman who was stabbed last week remains in critical but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Howard County police said Leola Howard-Mitchell, 50, of the 3100 block of West Springs Drive, was stabbed repeatedly in the back and leg Saturday afternoon after an argument.

Her son, 29-year-old Todd Leonard Felder, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment and is being held without bail in the county jail.

Police said Felder, who lives with his mother in Ellicott City's Town & Country Apartments, flagged down police at 6: 10 p.m. as they arrived to investigate the attack and told them that he had just stabbed his mother.

Howard-Mitchell, who was found on the patio of a neighbor's apartment minutes later, was taken by helicopter to the trauma center.

According to court documents, Felder told police that he "just wanted to let off some frustration" when he stabbed his mother and that he wasn't upset about stabbing her because "she deserved what she got."

Felder also told police that his mother had been yelling at him all day and he had been calling her names, court documents said.

Felder has a criminal record in Howard County dating to 1993, court records show. He was convicted of misdemeanor theft in 1993 and again in 1996.

Police said Felder was also found guilty in 1993 of breaking and entering, trespassing, rogue and vagabond charges and battery.

He is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 24 on misdemeanor theft charges.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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