Police: Mentally Ill Jacksonville Man Kills Mom

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 14:55:00-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A northeast Florida woman who frequently reported domestic abuse at the hands of her mentally ill son is dead after authorities say the son suffocated her.


Jacksonville police say 28-year-old Henry Harriford was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of his mother, 59-year-old Janette Harriford.


The woman's body was discovered by concerned co-workers who went to her apartment to check on her well-being.


Authorities say the son, who was homeless, was at the apartment looking for money when the slaying occurred.


Janette Harriford obtained an injunction in 2010 seeking protection from her son, who was arrested seven times this year for ignoring the order and abusing his mother.


The Florida Times-Union ( reports that the son was diagnosed with schizophrenia and often refused to take his medications.




Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union,

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