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West Philadelphia Teen Accused Of Beating 70-Year-Old Foster Mother, Stealing Car

By Todd Quinones

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A teen is accused of beating his 70-year-old foster mother in West Philadelphia.

The victim has been caring for the teen since he was three-years-old.

Tonight he is facing attempted murder charges.

Police allege he threw his foster mom down the steps after beating her and dousing her with cleaning fluids.

The 70-year-old foster mom was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition.

Police say it was her own 15-year-old adopted son that put her there.

The two apparently had been arguing over curfew around 4 a.m. Monday.

"While inside the living room he hits her with a big metal table in the chest knocking her to the ground. He then hits her with a picture frame in the head; he then dumps different kinds of household chemicals on her, different cleaning materials and drags her across the living room into the dining room and the stairwell goes from the dining room into the basement, he throws her headfirst down that stairwell," Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said.

The beating happened inside their home on the 400 block of North Daggett Street in West Philadelphia.

Investigators indicate the 15-year-old allegedly left his foster mom bleeding at the base of the basement steps, then stole her SUV.

While driving recklessly at a high rate of speed, police say the teen caused a two-vehicle crash in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County.

He was arrested and investigators later made their way into the Daggett Street home.

"If you look at the stairwell and look down to where she was tossed, it's just horrifying imagining what this lady went through the course of the night," Walker said.
The 70-year-old was bleeding from cuts to her face and she also suffered a fracture sternum.

Right now investigators are considering charging the 15-year-old as an adult.

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