Daughter to stand trial for stabbing death of mother
A woman accused of brutally stabbing her mother to death inside their home will stand trial on murder charges.
Elena C. House-Hay, 21, whowas arrested last month for the stabbing death of her mother, 54-yearold Annette E. House, waived her preliminary hearing Tuesday and will head to trial in Montgomery County Court.
The alleged attack took place inside the home the two women shared in the 400 block of Abbey Lane in Perkiomen Township on July 21, according to state police. House-Hay called 911 around 3:18 a.m. to report the stabbing, according to police.
House-Hay initially told police she was asleep when she heard her mother scream, police said. The daughter then said she saw
“amale in a gray sweatshirt flee from the scene,” but could not provide further details, police said.
Police found Annette House unresponsive on the second-floor bedroom with a wooden-handled kitchen knife in her chest that state troopers said “appeared to be consistent with knives located inside a knife block in the kitchen,” according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Pennsylvania State Police units from Skippack station and a forensic unit from PSP Philadelphia along with detectives with the Montgomery County D.A.’s office investigate the stabbing death of a woman inside her home in the 400 block of Abbey Lane in Perkiomen Township on July 21.
An autopsy performed by Dr. Khalil Wardak of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office determined that Annette House died as a result of multiple stab wounds. The coroner ruled the manner of death as homicide.
During the investigation, House-Hay gave conflicting accounts to various police officers and troopers about what occurred prior to her mother being stabbed, according to court documents. One of the state troopers who interviewed her observed what appeared to be blood on House-Hay’s cloth- ing in the areas of her left chest, and left thigh, arms and hands, court papers state.
The trooper also stated he observed a laceration on House-Hay’s left hand that was wrapped in a bloodsoaked bandage.
When a trooper asked her what happened to her hand, House-Hay responded, “I tried to help her, she tried to grab me,” according to court papers.
House-Hay told a trooper that she hada fight withher mother earlier in the night regarding House-Hay’s treatment for bipolar disor- der, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Following the investigation, State Police at Skippack and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau arrested House-Hay on charges of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon. Bail was denied.
She is being held at Montgomery County Correctional Facility and is scheduled for a formal arraignment on Oct. 11.
Police gather outside the Perkiomen Township home where the 54-year-0ld homeowner was stabbed to death in the early-morning hours of Friday, July 21.