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Cary woman accused of attacking elderly mother with hammer

Posted January 14, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— A Cary woman facing a felony assault charge admitted to attacking her 86-year-old mother with a claw hammer, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Kathryn Carey, 63, of 202 Longchamp Lane, was arrested on one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury in connection with a same-day attack on Elizabeth Belken.

Kathryn Carey Prosecutor: Woman wanted to kill elderly mother

"She did in fact intend to kill her mother," Wake County Assistant District Attorney Susan Spurlin said during an initial court appearance, in which District Court Judge Anne Salisbury appointed Carey a public defender and ordered her bond remain at $450,000.

Spurlin said Carey, who was believed to be off her medication for an unknown condition, called her mother Tuesday night and asked her if she could spend the night with her.

Sometime after she arrived at 100 Great Lake Drive, Carey followed her mother down a hall and started hitting her on the head with the hammer, Spurlin said. Carey also had a machete, but did not use it, police said.

Belken was able to grab the hammer and put it beneath her on the ground as her daughter allegedly continued the attack, Spurlin continued. Officers responded to the house after Belken called 911 and hung up.

"The victim was actually able to put up some resistance and was actually able to resist the attack, to some degree," Cary police Sgt. Randy Byrd said.

Belken was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. She was expected to be released Wednesday.

Carey has a pending stalking charge in another county and had been on probation for making harassing phone calls, Spurlin said. That probation was revoked when she was charged with stalking.

Cary police also were called to Belken's house in July 2007 about another altercation between mother and daughter, but no charges were filed then, police said.

This is the second reported attack on an elderly person in recent weeks in Wake County.

Last week, Apex police arrested Samuel Ray Topps, who is accused of pushing his 87-year-old mother multiple times during a Dec. 24 fight.

According to the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, as many as 2 million Americans over 65 have been somehow mistreated by their caretakers.

Nancy Warren, director of the division's Adult Protective Services, says one in five incidents of elder abuse gets reported because of shame and fear.


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  • seaturtlesrule Jan 15, 2009

    No holistic healthcare...the Great Depression part deux...stress off the charts...loss of job...no support system equals...62 yr. old former Principal with a hammer and machete!!!

    Peace & Love...Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

  • steinbeck18 Jan 15, 2009

    I really hate grandstanding- especially when it takes the focus away from the story-
    a woman attacked the 80's mother with a hammer-

  • noleguyfl Jan 15, 2009

    This is why some animals eat their young.

  • BadDayforButch Jan 14, 2009

    The daughter used to live in our neighbohood several years ago. She used to be a fairly normal person (I believe she was a Vice-Principal in Wake County Schools) until about a year or so before she sold her house. She was arrested/picked up several times by the Cary PD for making threatening calls to the head of security for Wake County Schools. She spent time in jail for that. After she sold, I heard she went to live with her mother. That was the last I heard of her until today. She must have some sort of mental illness because as I said, she was really very normal until about a year before she left the neighborhood.

  • Trixie Jan 14, 2009

    "That shows I have intelligent honey."

    Uh, what exactly is "intelligent honey"? I'd like to buy some for my tea.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 14, 2009

    Your statement was still ignorant. And you have a good evening.

    Oh, please....you are so jealous because I make better comments than you. That shows I have intelligent honey. Where is yours? lol lol

  • jkca Jan 14, 2009

    Okay Data Clerk you got your point across. Quit whining and don't get so defensive when someone disputes you. Your statement was still ignorant. And you have a good evening.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 14, 2009

    the daughter could have left

    If everyone did that, you know crime rate would be so low the world would be safe. But when people get so irate.........well thats when a certain kind of crime happens.

  • IzzMad2016 Jan 14, 2009

    "Parents can be extremely mean too. They are not always sweet; regardless of age. Thats why many wind up in the nursing home."

    Regardless of what the circumstances were, the daughter could have left and gone home instead of pulling out her hammer.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 14, 2009

    most falsified and ignorant statement

    Just to reassure you that my comments stands and I am hardly ignorant. This shows me the kind of person you are when you have to resort to name-calling. Makes me the bigger person. :) Have a nice evening.