Romulus mom will not be charged in son’s stabbing

Jim Lynch
The Detroit News

A Romulus woman will not face criminal charges after stabbing her 16-year-old son a week ago.

The 45-year-old mother was defending herself during an Oct. 10 confrontation with her son, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Investigators believe the argument stemmed from the son being expelled from school for six months.

The mother punished her son by taking away his cellphone and radio. Around 6 p.m., the two became engaged in a heated argument at their home in the 6000 block of Chamberlain, according to officials.

In response, the mother called Romulus police twice in an attempt to bring officers to the scene.

“Eventually the argument escalated and the 16-year-old grabbed his 6-year-old brother in a head lock, causing him to cry,” the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office stated in a press release. “The 16-year-old released the child and then began hitting his mother repeatedly in the head and jaw, causing her head to bruise and swell. The mother got a knife from the top of the refrigerator in the kitchen to defend herself from the blows when she struck her 16-year-old son twice in the leg and back.”

The 16-year-old was treated for his wounds at a local hospital. A spokesperson for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said it was unclear yet whether the teen, who has demonstrated previous violent behavior toward family, would be charged in the incident.

“Under the law of self-defense, the mother was under no duty to retreat in her own home and she had an honest and reasonable belief that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent imminent death, or imminent great bodily harm...,” the prosecutor’s statement read.

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