Teen Held In Slaying Of Mother

Glen Burnie Woman Found In Bed With Stab Wounds

April 23, 2009|By Julie Scharper | Julie Scharper,julie.scharper@baltsun.com

A Glen Burnie teenager was charged with murder after police found his mother dead with multiple stab wounds in a bedroom of their apartment, police said Wednesday.

When police went to the apartment Tuesday afternoon after receiving a tip, the 17-year-old boy was in the living room, playing a video game, according to court records. He later told police that his mother had been dead since Monday, according to court records.

William Joseph Skiratko, a junior at Old Mill High School, was arrested and charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Anne Skiratko, 45, Anne Arundel County police said.

A girl described as an acquaintance of Skiratko called police Tuesday and said that the boy had left her a note saying that he planned to kill his mother and himself, police said.

When officers arrived at the family's apartment in the 7900 block of Nolpark Court, Skiratko told police, "it was too late for his mother," according to court documents.

Skiratko, who agreed to speak with investigators without a lawyer present, confessed that he had killed his mother about noon on Monday, according to court records. An Anne Arundel County District Court judge denied Skiratko bail at a hearing Wednesday.

Neighbors described Elizabeth Skiratko as a friendly woman who baked bread for new residents of the apartment complex off Crain Highway.

William Skiratko had recently been staying out late and arguing with his mother about going to school, said neighbors, who declined to give their names because they said police told them not to speak with reporters.

Elizabeth Skiratko volunteered with the Boy Scouts, and both William and a younger son, identified in court records as being 14, had been involved in Scouting, neighbors said.

Court records show that Elizabeth Skiratko and the boys' father, Joseph Skiratko, accused each other of abusing the children after their 1995 divorce.

According to a 2001 report by the Anne Arundel County social services department, the family had "an extensive record" and in December 1996 social workers found that the boys, then 2 and 5, had "linear bruises caused by their father hitting them with a rod."

In 2001, William told social workers that his father had beaten him with a rod "because he wanted a Band-Aid and was crying," and beat his younger brother, leaving marks, according to the report.

Joseph Skiratko was forbidden to have contact with his sons for a time, but was later approved to have supervised visits, according to court records.

In 2002, Joseph Skiratko filed a protective order against Elizabeth Skiratko in Anne Arundel Circuit Court, alleging that she had hit William on the face and called him a bastard, but a judge denied the request, citing a lack of evidence of abuse.

Baltimore Sun reporter Nicole Fuller contributed to this article.

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