One trip to a hospital is all it takes before it becomes clear why everybody hates hospitals. The chronically sick, the tragically afflicted, the critically injured, and the ungodly food are all major contributions to people’s totally understandable aversion to medical centers.
Hospitals are tough on everyone from patients to staff to visitors. Usually in that order. Everyone understands the pain a patient experiences and most people comprehend how giving medical care can affect hospital staff. But many people forget how hard a trip to a hospital can be to a visitor.
On October 13th of this year, 30-year-old Anita Jones and her husband, 33-year-old Christopher Yancey, sat inside a room at Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore while their 14-year-old son underwent a minor medical procedure. A discussion over their son’s treatment eventually escalated into an argument.
Being the parent of a hospitalized kid, even if it’s minor, even if you’re at one of our country’s most reputable hospitals, can feel incredibly stressful. It’s understandable that there would be an argument over the variety of care, how safe it is, or how you’ll end up paying for it.
What isn’t so understandable is how Jones would take this argument a step too far. At some point during the argument, a little after 2:00 pm, Jones stabbed her husband twice with a “sharp-edged object.”
She screamed at the sight and rushed out to grab hospital staff, claiming that Yancey had cut himself. While hospital staff rushed in, Jones slipped out and fled the scene. Staff were unable to save Yancey from his injuries and pronounced him dead shortly after.
Police were called to the scene at what was initially reported to be a suicide. Upon arrival, it became clear, due to the lack of a weapon and injuries inconsistent with self-harm, that this was a homicide.
Jones was soon arrested and charged with first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, and use of a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure. It is still unclear precisely what Jones used to stab Yancey, nor is it clear why.
According to police, Jones has reportedly had a few run-ins with the law, but the couple did not have any known domestic disputes. One can only wonder if the stress of their son’s medical procedure had an immediate effect, or if this was something that was premeditated.
While his father has been murdered and his mother is in police custody, for the time being, Yancey and Jones’ currently unnamed 14-year-old son is reported to be healthy and safe. This investigation is ongoing.