Woman allegedly stabs son

FOSTORIA – A man was taken by Life Flight to Toledo Wednesday after his mother allegedly stabbed him in the abdomen.

Deputy Denny Wilkinson of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said Brenda K. Baxter, 55, was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and was being held in Seneca County Jail.

She allegedly stabbed her son, Ralph W. Pope Jr., 33, at the residence they shared at 11315 W. SR 18, Apt. 7.

Wilkinson said Pope apparently was sleeping on the couch, and Baxter woke him and told him she wanted him out of the apartment.

“What ensued was an argument over that, and she then threw a pair of pants over his face, kind of blinding him,” he said.

Wilkinson said while Pope was getting up, his mother apparently hit him in the head with what Wilkinson thought was an ashtray. He said Pope admitting to taking a swing at his mother.

She stabbed him in the abdomen with a knife with about a 6-inch blade, he said.

Bascom EMS transported Pope to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, and Life Flight then took him to The Toledo Hospital. His injuries were non-life-threatening as of Wednesday, Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson said an ambulance was called for Baxter due to a medical condition. Fostoria EMS responded, but Baxter refused treatment.

Later, she was taken to Mercy Tiffin Hospital from the jail and returned to jail after her release from the hospital.

Wilkinson said Baxter probably will appear in Fostoria Municipal Court today for an initial hearing. The second-degree felony carries a maximum penalty of a $15,000 fine and/or eight years in prison.

According to a report, the stabbing was reported to Seneca County Sheriff’s Office at 10:51 a.m. Wednesday.

Personnel from Bascom fire and the county’s Echo unit also responded to the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.