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October 25, 2013

Police: Son stabs, beats mother over drugs

Police: Argument was fueled by son's demand for drugs

SALEM — After stabbing his mother with a knife and bludgeoning her with a hammer yesterday, a Salem High night school student wasn’t done, police said.

Thomas George, 18, then held his severely injured mother down and told her, “Bleed out, bleed out — just let go,” according to a police affidavit.

He fled the family’s Cluff Crossing Road apartment, taking his mother’s green Kia Sophia and triggering a police pursuit that involved several departments, and led to doors being locked at Salem and Derry schools, Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.

Catherine George, bleeding from stab wounds to her neck, leg and hand and suffering from hammer blows to the head, managed to call 911. She was in stable condition late yesterday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after being transported there by medical helicopter, according to police.

Nearly three hours after the attack, Thomas George was nabbed when he returned to the family’s Salem apartment.

He had abandoned the Kia in Derry, then stolen a Chevrolet Blazer nearby. He was captured after a passing motorist saw a shirtless, barefoot man run across busy Rockingham Boulevard and climb a fence, police said.

Thomas George, who police prosecutor Jason Grosky said has a “significant heroin addiction,” was ordered held on $250,000 cash bail by Judge Kristin Spath during his arraignment in 10th Circuit Court yesterday afternoon. He was arrested on two felony counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

“Your honor, we have significant concerns — one, the danger this defendant poses,” Grosky told Spath.

Thomas George became angry Wednesday night when his mother would not give him his Adderall, prescribed for what Grosky said were “psychiatric issues.” He threatened to stab his mother when she refused to give him the medication, Grosky said.

Catherine George was concerned her oldest son was taking larger doses than prescribed, according to the affidavit, written by Salem police Detective Steve Woidyla.

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