Son Arrested For Fatally Stabbing Mother In Hospital

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July 14, 2014 — The son of an 80-year-old woman found fatally stabbed with a kitchen knife in her hospital room early Friday morning now faces murder charges for her death.  The incident forced the lockdown of the hospital for several hours.

Rodney Louis Dickinson is charged with stabbing Margrine Haywood, who was a patient at Methodist Hospitals Southlake campus in Merrillville.  Haywood’s 88-year-old husband, James Haywood, was found stabbed to death in his Gary home a few hours later, but no charges have been filed yet in his death.

Police reports that Haywood told a witness at the hospital that 60-year-old Dickinson was her son. Shortly after the witness left the room, she heard screams coming from the room and saw Dickinson running out.

Dickinson was taken into custody near his home. He told detectives he was the caretaker for the couple and had a key to the house.

[Photo courtesy Lake County Sheriff’s Department]



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