Deborah Ann Stephens a York Springs, Pennsylvania mother is charged with murder after her son arrives at his parents home only to be told by his mother she just killed his father.
A Pennsylvania man concerned when his 63 year old mother didn’t show up for work Thursday went to his parents’ home, only to be told by the son’s mother that she had just killed the man’s father.
Told the woman identified as Deborah Ann Stephens of York Springs according to a police report, ‘I hit your father with a baseball bat and he’s dead’.
It was while the son turned up at the front door and motioned to come inside that Stephens blocked her son from entering, admitting striking her husband the evening before.
PennLive.com reported the son immediately calling police with Stephens arrested and taken into custody with the mother now facing a homicide charge.
According to the son, identified as James Stephens III, 42, the man tried contacting his parents repeatedly since 2 p.m. Wednesday before arriving just after 6.40a.m Thursday morning at his parent’s Adams County, home. Court documents revealed the son saying his parents had been having marital problems and argued in the past.
The murder follows state police confirming having been called to the home twice last month, on Aug. 21 and Aug. 28, on reports of domestic violence. The first incident involved the woman hitting her husband with a TV remote. Details of the second incident were not available.
On Thursday, the body of James Stephens, 65, showed bruises consistent with being struck with a bat according to a filed police report.
Stephens was later examined at a hospital, where she was found to have self-inflicted wounds to both wrists. She was later taken to Adams County Prison in Gettysburg.
The eveningsun reported a preliminary hearing being scheduled for Sept. 12.
Deborah Stephens is charged with criminal homicide and is being held in the Adams County Prison. PSP believe she killed her husband James Stephens by hitting him multiple with a baseball bat. pic.twitter.com/0kMEM6VNni
— Chelsea Koerbler (@ChelseaKoerbler) September 6, 2018