A 17-year-old high school baseball star has been charged with murder after beating his mother with a bat then viciously hacking her to death on Christmas Eve, police say.
Police found Sharon Hill Aydelott in a pool of blood at her home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, with her throat slashed and a large kitchen knife sticking out of her eye socket about 6pm Tuesday.
Her son, William Brandon Aydelott, a promising pitcher on the Gulf Breeze High School baseball team, was arrested and confessed to killing her after a heated argument, authorities say.
Ms Aydelott was found dead in her home after a friend stopped by to check on her, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
Brandon had been staying at a friend’s house on-and-off since September because of a rocky relationship between mother and son, police say.
Detectives say that after the murder, he fled the home and went back to the house where he had been staying.