A Chicago man has been charged after stabbing his own mother to death for reportedly “putting him down” and telling him that he needs to get a girlfriend.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said Andre Brown stabbed Damita Collins in the chest and slit her throat in a home they shared in the Southwest Side of the city.
Collins was the site director of Trumbull Park Head Start Program, which is a part of the Ada S. McKinley schools.
Collins’ husband was in the basement eating dinner and watching television when he heard several loud noises upstairs about 9 p.m. on Jan. 5. The man went upstairs and found his bedroom door locked. Before he could open it with the key, Brown reportedly yanked the door open and forced his way out.
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When he got inside the room the man found Collins lying in a pool of her own blood. The man chased his step-son, but Brown eventually got away and fled in Collins’ car, according to prosecutors.
The man called 911 and attempted to aid his wife, who died at the scene.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
Investigators found a defensive wound on Collins’ thumb and a bloody knife in a butcher block in the kitchen, Santini said.
On Tuesday, McKinley schools sent a letter to staff and offered grief counseling available.
“It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Damita Collins. Damita was involved in a fatal incident last night. Police are overseeing the matter. Our hearts go out to her family,” the letter said.
Police arrested Brown, 26, on Tuesday, authorities said. He had cuts on his hands and face, as well as blood on his hands, shoes and clothes, Santini said.
Brown gave a videotaped statement to detectives admitting to stabbing his mother during an argument because she put him down and said he needed a girlfriend, Santini said.
Brown completed high school and attended some college classes in the state of Illinois, according to Assistant Public Defender Chandra Smith. He is single with no children.
Brown is being held on $1 million bond and is set to appear in court Jan. 27.