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Portage man charged with murdering his mother

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A Portage man has been charged with the murder of his mother, Portage Police are reporting.

The suspect has been identified as Charles H. Trumble, 59; the victim, as Dixie L. Trumble, 91.

According to Portage Police, at 7:11 p.m. the Porter County Central Communications Center received a 911 call from a male subject who stated that he had just killed his mother. PPD officers responded to the residence, located in the 5800 block of McCasland Ave., and on their arrival located Dixie Trumble in the living room with “obvious head trauma.”

“Officers provided immediate medical care but Ms. Trumble died at the scene,” the PPD said.

Charles Trumble lived with his mother and was present on officers’ arrival. In a probable cause affidavit later filed by the PPD, Det. Mike Vaughan stated that Charles Trumble reported to the 911 dispatcher that he “killed his mother and that he hit her with a sledgehammer.”

A short-handled sledgehammer was recovered from the scene, and Dixie Trumble had sustained head trauma, Vaughan stated.

While still at the scene, Charles Trumble was heard to say, by an officer performing CPR on his mother, the following: “My mom was a distinguished woman. I am about to be in trouble for some really bad stuff and I killed her so she wouldn’t be exposed to it.”

In a subsequent interview, Vaughan stated, Charles Trumble “freely and voluntarily waived his constitutional rights and admitted to killing his mother, Dixie Trumble, by hitting her with a sledgehammer.”




Posted 2/25/2020




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