A 20-year veteran of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was fighting for her life Wednesday while her son, who is accused of beating her with a baseball bat in her Anaheim home, remained behind bars.
Seth White, 18, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly attacking his 58-year-old mother, Karen White, Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
Police were called just before 8:50 p.m. Tuesday by neighbors in the Friendly Village Mobile Home Park, 5815 La Palma Ave., who reported the sounds of a domestic assault, Wyatt said.
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When officers arrived, they saw Seth White running away with a baseball bat, Wyatt said.
Police forced their way into the home when they looked through a window and saw the victim on the floor suffering wounds consistent with "blunt force trauma," Wyatt said.
Karen White was taken to an area hospital in "extremely critical" condition, Wyatt said.
"She still may die. She's in very critical condition," Wyatt said.
As police were setting up a perimeter to search for the victim's son, he called authorities to say he knew they were looking for him and that he was on the nearby Santa Ana River Trail, where he was found and taken into custody.