Son, 23, charged with setting mother on fire

Police say man choked his mother, set home on fire

March 17, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A 23-year-old Baltimore County man has been arrested and charged with setting his mother on fire Wednesday at her East Point home, police said.

Gordon R. Jenkins has been charged with first-degree arson, attempted murder, first-degree assault and related charges in an attack that police say left his 47-year-old mother in critical but stable condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

At about 10:45 a.m., police and firefighters responded to a fire in the 7900 block of Baltimore Street, where Teresa Marie Hamel said her son had entered her bedroom and choked her until she lost consciousness, police said.

When she regained consciousness, her bedroom and clothes were on fire, she told police.

Jenkins is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Police did not disclose a motive.

Records show Jenkins was ordered in September 2010 to stay away from his mother, who filed a protective order against him. Hamel sought a protective order from him in February 2008, but it was dismissed when both failed to show at a court hearing.

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