A 16-year-old teenage boy has been charged as an adult in the stabbing death of his mother and attempted murder of his father.
Travis Montgomery allegedly attacked his parents in their Haleyville mobile home Sunday night, one day before he was supposed to start an anger management program.
Investigators were called into the family’s trailer at 4 a.m. Monday after a neighbor heard the father calling for help.
“He laid there from about 11 last night when it happened until 5:30 this morning,” neighbor Herschel Driver told ABC 3340. “I woke up early and I heard him. I thought it was a whippoorwill. He was hollering in a high pitched voice.”
Montgomery’s 49-year-old father, Wade, was able to crawl to the living room, where authorities discovered him wounded. He was stabbed in the neck and back, and suffered a partially collapsed lung. Relatives said Wade might be paralyzed, according to the Daily Mail. The mother, Renae, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities say Travis attacked his parents at around 11 p.m. Sunday night, stabbing them multiple times and then fleeing the scene in his father’s pickup truck. Police took him into custody at 11 a.m. Monday in Haleyville.
While investigators are still trying to determine the motive for the stabbings, they say Montgomery did not get along with this mother, but was close to his father.
A relative said the teen was supposed to start an anger management class Monday but did not want to go.
Investigators were last called to the Montgomery home 18 months ago, when Travis ran away.
Montgomery is being held in the Marion County jail without bail.
Sources: Daily Mail, ABC 3340