Police: Son stabs mom 30 times in the neck

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A woman is recovering in the hospital after she said her son stabbed her in the neck 30 times.

Nicholas Howerton, 23,  was arrested Tuesday night at his mother’s home and charged with aggravated assault.

Police said when they got to the house in the 5200 block of Bruton they saw Howerton kneeling beside his mother with his arms around her neck.

They found a knife in the backyard.

In March,  Howerton was arrested for pulling a steak knife on his mother and threatening her life. He told arresting officers he was on meth and had anger problems.

Neighbors said about that time, Leann Howerton kicked her son out of her house.

They said Nicholas was back in the neighbor Tuesday afternoon acting strangely.

Still, they can’t believe a son would stab his own mother.

“You know, I’ve got a son and I couldn’t imagine having a hateful relationship with him. But it’s just sad and very unfortunate, ” said JJ Salgado.

Howerton is being held without bond.

He will make his first appearance in court tomorrow.

Leann Howerton is listed in fair condition.