Mentally Ill Florida Man Kills Mom, Injures Dad

Suspect in Killings of Wealthy DC Family Arrested
Posted at 12:43 PM, Jul 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-01 08:54:57-04

LAKE WORTH, FL. (AP) - Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials say a 49-year-old beat his parents with a crowbar, killing his 83-year-old mother.

The attack occurred Tuesday as Thomas and Delena Schneiders were on their way to church. Deputies say 84-year-old Thomas Schneiders says he made it out alive by playing dead inside his Lake Worth house for hours.

The Palm Beach Post reports Thomas Schneiders II was diagnosed with schizophrenia seven months ago. He had lived with his parents for five years.

According to a sheriff's office report, the son became angry with his parents because they'd scheduled a doctor's appointment for June 30.

The younger Schneiders was ordered held without bail. Lawyer Michael Salnic has declined comment.

The father was treated and released from the hospital.