The mother of an Ohio man on death row for murdering at least three women was killed Saturday evening amid a stabbing spree that also left three children injured, according to reports.
Jalen Plummer, 18, was charged with aggravated murder for allegedly fatally stabbing his grandmother, Diane Madison, 67, at her Collingwood home shortly after midnight. Responding authorities pronounced her dead at the scene after two of three children — Plummer’s 10-year-old sister, 12-year-old brother, and a 10-year-old female cousin — fled the home and ran to a neighbor’s house, according to Cleveland.com.
Plummer is accused of stabbing the three children as they slept in Madison’s home. Court records obtained by Cleveland.com state that two of the children required surgery and that all three children remain hospitalized.
Michael Madison’s former attorney confirmed to WEWS that the slain woman was the convicted killer’s mother. He was sentenced to death in 2016 for strangling Shirrellda Terry, 18, Shetisha Sheeley, 28, and Angela Deskins, 38, wrapping their mutilated bodies in garbage bags, and stashing their remains near his Cleveland apartment. The three-time killer said he was inspired by “Cleveland Strangler” Anthony Sowell, a registered sex offender who awaits execution for killing at least 11 people between 2007 and 2009.
WOIO noted that Diane was killed at the same home her son barricaded himself in before his arrest in 2013.
Responding officers allegedly found a bloody Plummer showering at the home and took him into custody. One of the children was also discovered hiding inside the residence, according to the news station.
Held on $2 million bond, Plummer is also facing assault charges in connection with Saturday’s incident. A motive in this case remains undisclosed.
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[Featured image: Michael Madison/East Cleveland Police Department]