Woman, 22, charged in death of her mother

Randallstown resident's body found in home

January 29, 2003|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A 22-year-old woman was charged with first-degree murder yesterday in the death of her mother, whose body was found hacked and mauled in their Randallstown home, Baltimore County police said.

The discovery was made late Monday after the daughter, Sommer Loren Brooks, had gone out to dinner with her boyfriend. As they sat in the house in the 4200 block of Holbrook Road watching television, she began crying and told him she had killed her mother, police said.

She directed him to the first-floor bathroom, where he saw the body of Linda Carol Brooks, 52, police said in a charging document filed in District Court.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of an error in police charging documents, an article in Wednesday's Sun misspelled the name of Josh Loucks, the friend of a 22-year-old Randallstown woman, Sommer Loren Brooks, who is accused of killing her mother. The Sun regrets the error.

The boyfriend, identified by police as Josh Louck, 25, told her to call 911 - but when Sommer Brooks made the call, according to police reports, she asked for an ambulance and said her mother had "overdosed."

When officers arrived at the house, they found blood in the family room, court papers say. They also recovered an axe and a maul with blood - believed to be the victim's - on them in the family room, police said.

The mother was declared dead at the scene, with severe trauma to her face and head, police said yesterday.

Police said they were told by Louck that Brooks said she had been in a fight with her mother Sunday, and he said he had noticed cuts on his girlfriend's hands and face.

Neighbors said they had no indication of trouble in the house, describing the neighborhood as extremely quiet. The houses are set on wooded parcels of 2 to 2 1/2 acres.

"It's just unthinkable. It's a wonderful neighborhood with wonderful people. It's truly a shocker," said Vera Newton, who lives a few doors from the Brooks home and often greeted the daughter in passing. "I can't imagine anything that would anger [Sommer] to do such a thing. I just hope it didn't happen."

"I can't see their house and they can't see mine," said Lisa Urie, who lives across the street from Brooks. "We just waved when we happened to see one another."

The daughter was being held without bail last night at the Baltimore County Women's Detention Center.

Brooks has no criminal record as an adult, according to court documents. She is a former student at the private Garrison Forest School, and was a top player as a senior with the Garrison Forest Grizzlies softball team.

The homicide was the third this year in Baltimore County, police said.

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