In Ohio, a girl brutally killed her mother with a frying pan and a knife because of a quarrel about college - ForumDaily
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In Ohio, a girl brutally killed her mother with a frying pan and a knife over a quarrel about college.

A 23-year-old Ohio woman killed her mother. She beat her with an iron frying pan and stabbed her 30 times. All because a woman found out that her daughter was kicked out of college, reports New York Post.

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Sydney Powell of Akron was found guilty of murdering her mother, health care worker Brenda Powell, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

“In March 2020, Sydney Powell hit Brenda Powell in the head with an iron frying pan and then stabbed her nearly 30 times in the neck,” prosecutors said in a statement.

Sydney, a former Mount Union University student, sobbed in a Summit County courtroom after a jury found her guilty Sept. 20.

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Police found Brenda in her Scudder Drive with serious injuries on March 3, 2020. She and her daughter were taken to the hospital, where Brenda died.

Prosecutors said Powell attacked the mother - a child life specialist at Akron Children's Hospital - while she was talking with officials from her college. During the trial, the defense argued that Sydney suffered from schizophrenia and therefore could not be held responsible for murder.

James Reardon, one of three defense experts who made the diagnosis, said Sydney suffered a psychotic break when she killed her mum, whom she considered her best friend.

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But Sylvia O'Bradovich, a psychologist hired by prosecutors, disagreed with the diagnosis and said Sidney did not meet the legal definition of insanity at the time of the crime. Although O'Bradovich admitted Sydney suffers from mental health issues including borderline personality traits, malingering and anxiety disorder.

Stephen Powell, Sydney's father and Brenda's husband, and maternal grandmother Betsy Brown urged prosecutors to reach a resolution without a trial.

But the prosecution said it wants the jury to make a decision.

"Sydney stopped hitting her mother with the frying pan and went into the kitchen to get a knife," said Assistant Prosecutor Brian Stano.

"She switched weapons and proceeded to kill her mother," he said, adding that Sydney carried out the fatal attack because she did not want her secret to be revealed.

“Stabbed in the neck multiple times? It's purposeful. This is an attempt to kill,” Stano said.

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Powell's sentencing is set for September 28. She could receive a life sentence with possible parole after 15 years.

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