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'I Hit Your Father With A Baseball Bat And He Is Dead,' Pennsylvania Mom Tells Son

Just last month, police were called twice to the couple's home for domestic dispute calls after Deborah Stephens allegedly hit James Stephens with a remote.

By Jon Silman

A woman in Pennsylvania allegedly killed her husband with a baseball bat, a detail she is accused of divulging to her son. 

Deborah Ann Stephens, 63, was arrested on Thursday after state police found the body of her husband, James Eugene Stephens, 65, inside the couple's York Springs home, according to The Patriot-News in Harrisburg.

The couple's son had been trying to reach his parents since Wednesday afternoon. By 6 a.m. Thursday, he became even more concerned when his mother didn't show up for work, since they reportedly work together. So, he stopped by his parents' house to check on them.

He knocked on the door a few times but his mother didn't answer, according to an arrest report. Finally, she peeked out and asked him why he was there. However, she wouldn’t let him in the house. Then, she told him what happened.

"I hit your father with a baseball bat and he is dead," she said, according to the report. Then she told him to call police.

Deborah Stephens told her son the incident happened around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, according to WPMT in York. The son has not been identified. 

When authorities arrived, Deborah Stephens admitted that she killed her husband, according to WPMT. State police said they found the lifeless body of James Stephens in the house, with bruises consistent to being hit with a bat.

Authorities saw blood splattered on Deborah Stephens' shoes, the report said, and she had self-inflicted cuts on her wrists, but no other injuries. She was taken to a nearby hospital and examined.

Recently, there were two calls, one on Aug. 21 and another seven days later, to the Stephens' house for domestic violence. During the first incident, Deborah Stephens allegedly hit her husband with a T.V. remote.

She has been charged with criminal homicide in connection with the death of her husband. She’s being held in the Adams County Prison in Gettysburg.

[Photo: Adams County Prison]

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