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Salem, NH Man Charged With Trying To Kill Mother

By Whitney Burbank, WBZ-TV
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SALEM, N.H. (CBS) – Thomas George allegedly stabbed and beat his mother with a hammer to get his hands on his Adderall prescription, according to an arrest affidavit.

According to court documents, Catherine George objected to giving her 18-year-old son the medication because he was taking a higher dose than what was prescribed to him.

Catherine told police when her son approached her with a hammer and knife demanding his Adderall Tuesday morning, she complied, and gave him the medication. According to the affidavit that’s when he, “attacked her by stabbing her in the neck, leg, and hand…Thomas also hit her in the head with a hammer when she tried to defend herself.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Catherine told police her son held her down while she was injured. He allegedly told her to, “‘bleed out, bleed out- just let go.'”

Police said a domestic disturbance call led them to the apartment on Cluff Crossing Road that George shared with his mother.

After allegedly attacking his mother George fled the scene in a Kia, leading police on a manhunt that lasted until 11:30 a.m. Salem High School, Pinkerton and Derry schools were put on lockdown while local and state police scoured the streets looking for George.

Police said George ditched his Kia and stole an SUV in Derry. Witnesses called police saying they saw the suspect jump out of the SUV, run behind a nearby shopping plaza and head back to the crime scene where George was taken into custody.

“I want to thank the Salem School district, Pinkerton schools, the Derry police department, New Hampshire state police and all the personnel here at Salem PD for a job well done this morning,” said Salem New Hampshire Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten. “It was a little hairy for a couple hours this morning.”

Catherine George was airlifted to a Boston hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Thursday afternoon George was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in Salem District Court. A judge ordered George be held on a $250,000 cash bond. The conditions of his bail require George to stay away from his mother and 15-year-old younger brother. George is due in court for a hearing Thursday Oct. 31.

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