SALEM - An argument between a mother and son turned violent Sunday evening, with 43-year-old Josee Wilson hospitalized after suffering multiple stab wounds at her Home Circle residence.
She made her way to a neighbor's house in the 900 block after the attack and told police she was assaulted by her son. Police had been called at 7:49 p.m. for a possible stabbing at 955 Home Circle.
St. Elizabeth Health Center personnel said Monday they could not release information on her condition due to privacy laws, but police had reported she was in guarded condition after being transported to the trauma center
Police found the 24-year-old son an hour later at the rear of a residence in the 800 block of South Lincoln Avenue with what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds to both arms. He was going in and out of consciousness when located and was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center, then transferred to another medical facility.
Salem Detective Dave Talbert said no charges have been filed at this point, but he expects to be filing charges soon. Police would not release the son's name.
"We're still speaking with witnesses. Obviously the priority is for both of them to get treatment before we proceed with their involvement," he said, adding they have had complaints at the residence before, but not of a domestic nature.
Wilson, whom Talbert said is a nurse, suffered injuries to her head, arms and chest.
Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott said the alleged suspect had fled the area before officers arrived. Officers followed a blood trail and found him. He had a knife with him, but when asked if it was the weapon from the assault, Talbert said he had no comment at this time.
A press release regarding the incident was posted on the police department's Facebook page, prompting a lot of comments about the state of the city and comparisons to Youngstown, which some said isn't a fair or accurate comparison.
"This isn't something that happened on the street. This was behind closed doors involving a domestic situation," Panezott said.
The city had four homicides and one questionable death last year, with both the chief and Talbert noting that at least three of them involved domestics. Panezott said it's not good that any of it is happening.
"Domestic situations are hard to prevent. You're more or less reacting to the calls you get," he said.
Many times they receive calls that end up being arguments with no physical violence, but he was adamant in saying that if they see any marks or evidence of violence, someone will go to jail. He also said if the police don't know about it, there's nothing they can do.
The stabbing remains under investigation.