Daugh­ter to stand trial for stab­bing death of mother

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

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.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

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.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

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