ANDERSON, Ind. — An Anderson man is in custody and facing a preliminary murder charge in the death of his mother.
Officers called to a report of a disturbance in the 1600 block of Meridian Street, near State Road 32 and Central Avenue, found the body of 49-year-old Janet Hart around 4 p.m.
According to court documents, Hart's daughter discovered her body and that her mother had been stabbed in the back multiple times.
Police began searching for Hart's son, 28-year-old Jiam Adonmani Payton Hart. When they found him, he had his mother's bank credit card on him.
According to Janet's daughter, Jiam and his mother had been arguing over food and other issues the night before she was found dead. The daughter said Janet texted that Jiam was "acting like a fool" and was yelling and spitting at her.
During a search of the home, police allegedly found a petition Janet had filed requesting that Jiam be committed into a group home. Janet had documented that Jiam is physically aggressive toward her and suffers from hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions. The petition was dated Sept. 13 and stated Janet believed Jiam was a danger to himself and others.
According to court documents, Jiam said his mother kicked him out of her house and that because he doesn't live there, he is not her son. Jiam allegedly told detectives multiple times, "You solved it."
Jiam is in custody in the Madison County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder in the case. The prosecutor's office requested a 72-hour hold to file charges and expects that to come on Friday.
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