Salem man faces attempted murder charge for attack on mother
BRENTWOOD – An 18-year-old Salem man accused of attacking his mother with a knife and hammer faces an attempted murder charge, according to prosecutors.
Thomas George was indicted for attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault and a single count of theft by unauthorized taking in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Prosecutors say that George attacked his mother Oct. 24 after the two had a dispute about the amount of Adderall he was taking from his prescription.
George, who is being held at the Rockingham County jail in Brentwood, could face up to life in prison if he is convicted of the attempted murder charge.
Indictments say that George attacked his mother, Catherine, with a knife, stabbing her in the neck, leg and hand. He then hit her in the head with a hammer, prosecutors said.
Catherine George called police around 8 a.m. Oct. 24, saying that her son just stabbed her in the neck, according to police. Police found her inside her home bleeding from the stab wounds. Salem firefighters transported her to Lawrence (Mass.) General Hospital. A Med-Flight then brought her to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston because of the severity of her injuries.
She later told police that her son confronted her with a hammer in one hand and a knife in the other.
Catherine George told police that she believed her son was taking a higher dose of his medication than what was prescribed. He allegedly became angry at his mother and accused her of withholding his medication prior to attacking her, according to police.
She had given her son the medication he demanded, but he attacked her anyway and held her down, telling her to "bleed out," police said.
Thomas George then drove to Derry, where he stole a Chevrolet Blazer and drove back to Salem, according to police. A police officer spotted George walking toward his house on foot. He was shirtless, barefoot and had blood on his one foot. Police took him into custody.
He will be arraigned on the charges later this month in Rockingham County Superior Court.