The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Bothell woman charged in death of mother

EVERETT -- A Bothell woman accused of bludgeoning her mother to death with a glass drinking mug was charged Friday with second-degree murder.
Police discovered Lila Donaldson's battered body inside her home Oct. 27. Her daughter, Terie Davidson, had called 911, asking to be taken to a psychiatric hospital. Davidson has a history of struggling with mental illness, court papers said.
Davidson, 42, met officers on the front porch. She allegedly told police she wanted to go to jail.
She asked officers to retrieve her shoes from inside, but then attempted to bar them from going into the house, court papers said.
"It's really bad," Davidson reportedly said.
An officer went inside to check on Donaldson, 81. She was found on the floor in the master bedroom with an obvious head wound. Paramedics attempted life-saving measures, but Donaldson died in the back of an ambulance several minutes later.
Davidson was taken to a Kirkland hospital after she told police she'd taken a lot of pills.
She was later booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
Davidson had been convicted in September of violating a no-contact order. A judge in June had ordered Davidson to stay away from her mother after being convicted of assaulting the elderly woman, court papers said.
In August, a motion was made in Snohomish County Superior Court to cancel the court order.
Donaldson said her daughter was stable and had been on medications for three months, court papers said.
"She is my caregiver. I am 81 years old and need her at home," she wrote.
The defendant told police after she was arrested last month that she knew she wasn't supposed to have contact with her mother, but she didn't have any other place to live, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Randall Yates wrote in charging documents.
"I took a chance at being there and I harmed her," Davidson allegedly said.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.
Story tags » BothellEverettCrimeHomicide

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

HeraldNet highlights

Musical hits 'Heights'
Musical hits 'Heights': Village stages Tony award-winner in Everett
Better with age
Better with age: 112-year-old Marysville home has housed many stories
Under your skin
Under your skin: 'Nightcrawler' is both satire and fascinating character study
Throw out the can
Throw out the can: Straight-from-the-pumpkin pie is easy to make
SnoCoSocial