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Washington County man charged with stabbing his mother

August 26, 2011
  • Matthew Edward Belcher
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A Washington County man has been charged with stabbing his mother multiple times in a Showalter Road apartment early Friday, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Matthew Edward Belcher, 32, of 18531 Showalter Road, Apt. 4, was charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, failure to obey a lawful order, obstructing and hindering, and four counts of reckless endangerment, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Belcher's mother, Sarah Brown, was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown.

Brown was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Belcher's girlfriend and her two children also were in the residence at the time Brown was stabbed, the release said.

Deputies said they received a call at 2:39 a.m. that a man had stabbed his mother in a Showalter Road apartment. When deputies arrived and asked Belcher to step outside, they alleged he laughed and closed the front door.

Belcher was charged after a deputy and a Maryland state trooper entered the apartment by breaching the door, the release said.

Belcher was being held Friday in the Washington County Detention Center on a $7,623 bond, the sheriff's office said.

It was the second domestic-related stabbing in Hagerstown this week.

Joshua Bassford, 22, was charged with attempted murder and other counts in connection with the stabbing of his father-in-law Wednesday morning after an argument between the two escalated, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release.

Officers first responded to 136 E. Irvin Ave. off Potomac Avenue at 9:36 a.m. for a report of stabbing, police said. The victim, Frederick Wiebel, left the home and went to Meritus Medical Center, police said.

Officers were told by witnesses that Wiebel and Bassford, 22, of 136 E. Irvin Ave., had been in an argument. After the argument escalated, Bassford got a knife and allegedly stabbed Wiebel in the chest, police said.

He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and wearing/carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, police said.

Wiebel was a patient at Meritus Medical Center Wednesday afternoon, but his condition was not listed, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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