November 30, 2010 at 1:23 PM EST - Updated June 22 at 3:47 PM
SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Sumter County deputies have charged the son of an elderly woman who was beaten to death with a bat.
55-year-old Alexander Wilson has been charged with murder in the death of his 85-year-old mother. Deputies say the son lived at home with his mother, and has a history of mental illness.
Crews responded to 17 Congress Street in Mayesville around 8:45pm Monday, and found Elizabeth Wilson beaten with a baseball bat.
According to neighbor Sarah Wheeler, one of Wilson's sons ran to her house for help.
"I know something had happened. He said his brother had gone crazy and hurt momma and I called," Wheeler said. "Before I could get out the door, he said my momma dead. But I never went further than the front yard. I didn't want to see her."
Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock said Wilson died from injuries sustained after being beaten with a baseball bat.