Teen admits to stabbing, strangling mom, police say

Jacob Taliaferro (Credit: WHTM)

PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lebanon County teenager is jailed after authorities say he admitted to fatally stabbing and strangling his mother.

Jacob M. Taliaferro, 17, of Palmyra, is charged as an adult with criminal homicide.

According to charging documents filed by borough police, Taliaferro called 911 around 5 a.m. Monday and told a dispatcher he killed Lorrie Ann Demko with a knife. He also said his mother had been dead for a while and he wanted to surrender.

Police arrived at the family’s home in the 800 block of East Cypress Street as Taliaferro was still on the phone with 911. They found Demko dead on a bedroom floor, apparently from multiple stab wounds to her chest.

Taliaferro told investigators he stabbed his mother with a kitchen knife and then strangled her with a rope until she died. He said after he checked her pulse and found none, he watched television for some time, took a shower, and eventually called 911 to turn himself in to police, according to the complaint.

The court document does not include a motive for the killing.

Taliaferro was placed in the county prison without bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 6.

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