Son of 80-year-old hospital stabbing victim charged with murder - FOX 32 News Chicago

Son of 80-year-old hospital stabbing victim charged with murder

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The son of an 80-year-old woman who was stabbed to death at a northwest Indiana hospital on Friday has been charged in Lake Superior Court with murder.

Rodney Louis Dickinson, 60, of Glen Park, was arrested shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, about three hours after his mother, Margrine Haywood, was stabbed to death in her third-floor hospital room at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, the Post-Tribune reports.

Gary police went to check on the welfare of Margrine’s husband, James Haywood, at the family home in the 1500 block of Hovey Street in Gary and saw his feet through a large living room window. Officers forced their way inside and found Haywood on his back near a bedroom doorway, covered in blood on his torso and arms from what appeared to be numerous stab and slash wounds, according to court records.

Gary police SWAT members responded to Dickinson’s last known address, 3881 Maryland St., and saw Dickinson leave the house and get into a white 2004 Dodge, records said. His car was immediately stopped by police and he was taken to the police station for questioning.

After waiving his rights and agreeing to give a statement, Dickinson teared up and said, “James never loved his mother,” according to court records. Dickinson said he was the caretaker for both his mother and stepfather, had a key to their residence and had been there on Thursday.

James Haywood and Dickinson had planned to go to the hospital to visit Margrine Haywood, but only Dickinson went. When detectives pressed him on the death of James Haywood, Dickinson became angry and said, “James loved my mom. We went to dinner together all the time.” The contradictory statements were not explained in court records.

Dickinson has not been charged in the death of James Haywood.

Police removed Dickinson’s clothing and shoes as evidence in the case. Officers noticed a large red mark on his lower arm and a dried reddish substance on the outside of his left shoe. Police also found a kitchen knife with a red substance in the kitchen sink, which was similar to the kitchen knife found at the hospital.

Before Margrine Haywood died, a nursing assistant saw a man in the hospital room who was acting “weird,” court records state. Margrine Haywood told police the man was her son. A few minutes later, the CNA heard screams from the woman’s room and saw Dickinson run from the woman’s room. Before she died, she told a nurse that her son “Rodney” had stabbed her, court records state.

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