GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) - A woman dying of stab wounds identified her 13-year-old autistic son as her assailant, authorities in Southern California said.
Barbara Scheuer-Souzer, 47, died at a hospital Wednesday shortly after police found her stabbed and bleeding at her home in the city of Garden Grove.
Officers searched for the woman’s son and took him into custody a short time later at a nearby shopping center.
The boy was held at Juvenile Hall and could face homicide charges, the Orange County Register reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/2pLS0aC ). His name has not been released because of his age.
Police Lt. Carl Whitney said while Scheuer-Souzer was dying she told an officer the attacker was her son.
The boy had recently run away from home for several days and his mother had posted on Facebook asking for help in finding him, the newspaper said.
Police have not released a motive for the slaying.
The victim’s mother, Eleanor Watson, told the newspaper that police are familiar with her 13-year-old grandson. He had been recently picked up after entering a home in Garden Grove that had been tented for fumigation, triggering a burglar alarm, she said.
“I didn’t trust him to obey the law,” Watson said. “I wanted him in custody. He has a temper and was volatile.”
Even though her relationship with her son was sometimes strained, Scheuer-Souzer remained a caring mother, Watson said.
“Everything she did, she did it for him,” she said. “She would move mountains if it would help him.”
Despite having autism, Watson said her grandson is high-functioning and a good student who “knows right from wrong. . I don’t know how all this happened.”
Scheuer-Souzer, who is divorced, is survived by two adult sons and a daughter.
Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com
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