Sunday, January 21, 2018
Public safety

Police say Winter Haven man stabbed mother to death over money

WINTER HAVEN — A man stabbed his mother to death with a kitchen knife early Sunday morning because he was tired of her controlling his money, police said.

Micah Lee Hobbs, 36, went into his mother's bedroom at 895 2nd St. SE and stabbed her repeatedly with an 11-inch kitchen knife about 4 a.m. Sunday, Winter Haven police said.

Eva Marie Hobbs, 57, screamed and woke up her mother, Janie Hampton. Hampton, 83, pushed her grandson out of the house and shut the door before checking on her daughter, police said.

Hampton found her on the bed lying in a pool of blood. Police and emergency medical personnel arrived and pronounced her dead.

Winter Haven police found Micah Hobbs sitting in the street a couple blocks away and arrested him. Micah reportedly told detectives that he stabbed his mother because she was controlling his money and he was tired of it.

Micah was charged with first-degree murder and booked into the Polk County Jail.

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