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Bond increased for man charged with assaulting his mother

August 29, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man urinated on his mother’s bed before he stabbed her Friday morning, according to allegations in the statement of probable cause filed with the Washington County Circuit Court.

Matthew Edward Belcher, 32, of 18531 Showalter Road, Apt. 4, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, four counts of reckless endangerment, use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, failing to obey a police officer, and obstructing and hindering police, court records show.

District Judge Dana Moylan Wright on Monday raised Belcher’s bond from $50,000 to $75,000 during a bail hearing.

“The night in question. I have no memory of it,” Belcher told Wright during the hearing.

Belcher’s mother, Sarah Viola Brown, told investigators with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that her son, his girlfriend and her two children were visiting her and that the adults had been drinking before she returned home, the charging document said. Belcher later fell asleep on the floor at the foot of her bed, she told investigators, the document said.

Brown woke up to find her son urinating at the foot of her bed, the charging document said. She got out of bed and went to the bathroom and came back to find Belcher asleep in her bed, the document said.

When Brown tried to wake Belcher, he pulled a knife from his pajama pants and stabbed her five times in the thigh and arm, the charging document said.

Deputies and Maryland State Police arrived at the house shortly after 2:30 a.m., and Belcher laughed and shut the door when they ordered him to come outside, the charging document alleged. Officers forced their way into the house and found Belcher hiding under a blanket in a bedroom.

Belcher also was being held on $5,000 bond on three counts of possession of controlled drug paraphernalia, court records said.

Belcher was charged in October 2010 by Hagerstown Police with possession of hypodermic syringes and a pill crusher, the charging document said.

Assistant Washington County State’s Attorney Leon Debes told Wright that Belcher failed to appear in court on the paraphernalia charge.

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