Woman charged with murder in stabbing of mother

Body found at house

daughter, missing car found later at motel

April 10, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old woman was accused yesterday of killing her mother in a Hampstead townhouse late Thursday, state police said.

Kristi Lynn Ziemski of Hampstead was found along with her mother's missing car in eastern Baltimore County at 10 a.m. yesterday, about 12 hours after the body of Doris A. Ziemski, 52, was discovered in the living room of her home in the 1400 block of Pope's Creek Drive, said Capt. Gregory M. Shipley, a Maryland State Police spokesman.

In charging documents, police said the daughter admitted to repeatedly stabbing her mother.

Earlier, Shipley said investigators had found indications of foul play, but declined to elaborate.

The daughter gave police her mother's address but apparently stayed occasionally at the townhouse in the Small Crossing development, Shipley said. She previously lived with her father in Finksburg.

Ziemski was brought to state police barracks in Westminster for questioning, then charged with first- and second-degree murder, he said.

A District Court commissioner ordered her held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center pending a bail review Monday.

Shipley said the investigation is continuing and that investigators have not determined a motive or time of death.

According to court documents, the body was discovered after police received a call from Leon John Ziemski Jr., the victim's former husband. He asked police to check on her because he had not heard from her in about a week and their daughter was seen driving her mother's car. He said Kristi had no driver's license.

Troopers and Hampstead police went to the house about 10 p.m. Thursday and found the body.

"No signs of forced entry were discovered," Shipley said.

Detectives from the state police special investigative support unit in Columbia and the Westminster barracks searched beige townhouse on the quiet cul-de-sac for clues early yesterday and police had cordoned off the neighborhood.

A description of the mother's missing 1994 Buick Skylark was broadcast, and police found it and the daughter at the Regal Inn in the 8000 block of Pulaski Highway in Rosedale, Shipley said.

According to court documents, the daughter had registered at the motel in her mother's name and had secured the room with her mother's credit card.

The daughter was taken into custody without incident, Shipley said.

At yesterday's bail hearing, she said she was free on a $500 bond on prostitution charges in Baltimore.

Pub Date: 4/10/99

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