A 51-year-old man who opened the door of his mother’s house to police officers Wednesday afternoon, telling them he had killed her, was in the Mansfield jail later that night, police said.
Officers had gone to the house in the 6900 block of Heritage Lane after a man called 911 at 2:45 p.m. and said he had suffocated his mother Tuesday night, an online police incident report said.
The woman was identified on the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website as Margaret Shelton, who turned 85 Wednesday. Her body was found in the kitchen, according to the site.
Police Sgt. Marc Povero said Kenneth Baker, 51, came to the door and “told them that he did, in fact, kill his mother.”
Baker and his mother had argued recently, police said.
“Her husband called me at work and said their son called him and told him what he did, and that he was going to call the cops,” said Danny Messick, her next-door neighbor.
Baker also admitted killing a dog that was found in the garage, Povero said.
Baker was originally detained just as a person of interest, but later Wednesday police obtained an arrest warrant. He was in the Mansfield Jail with bail set at $250,000, Povero said. He faces a murder charge.
Baker had been living with his parents for about six weeks, Messick said.
The killing came as a “total shock” to Messick, who said the victim was a kind, good neighbor.
“She would do for you, and never wanted you to do anything for her,” Messick said. “I’d come home to a freshly mowed lawn. I’d try to do it for her and she’d steal my lawnmower from me.”
The house is in the Hallmark neighborhood across Interstate 35W from the MillerCoors brewery.
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