Mentally ill Florida man kills mom with crowbar, injures dad, deputies say

The attack occurred Tuesday as Thomas and Delena Schneiders were on their way to church.

Deputies said Thomas Henry Schnieders, 49, attacked his parents while the couple was getting ready for church. Palm Beach County Jail booking photo
Deputies said Thomas Henry Schnieders, 49, attacked his parents while the couple was getting ready for church. Palm Beach County Jail booking photo

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials say a 49-year-old beat his parents with a crowbar, killing his 83-year-old mother.

The attack occurred Tuesday as Thomas and Delena Schneiders were on their way to church. Deputies say 84-year-old Thomas Schneiders says he made it out alive by playing dead inside his Lake Worth house for hours.

The Palm Beach Post reports Thomas Schneiders II was diagnosed with schizophrenia seven months ago. He had lived with his parents for five years.

According to a sheriff’s office report, the son became angry with his parents because they’d scheduled a doctor’s appointment for June 30.

The younger Schneiders was ordered held without bail. Lawyer Michael Salnic has declined comment.

The father was treated and released from the hospital.

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