Son charged in attack that left mom brain dead

A 34-year-old man has been charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder in an alleged attack that has left his mom brain dead.

Matthew Lander was arraigned this afternoon. Bond was denied. He has a probable cause hearing at 9 a.m. March 21.

The charges are for the alleged attack of his mother, Kimberly Marie Lander, and her boyfriend, Charles Duncan.

Police have said his mom is brain dead, being kept alive by life support pending donation of her organs.

Police said his charges could be amended to open murder pending an autopsy of his mother.

Doctors have declared the women brain dead. She is on life support at McLaren Macomb in Mount Clemens.

Port Huron police went to a home in the 400 block of Lakeview Avenue at about 3:26 a.m. Thursday in response to a report of a domestic altercation between a woman and her son.

A witness identified as the victim's boyfriend said he woke to find the son standing over him waving a machete, according to the news release. During the ensuing altercation, the boyfriend pushed the son out of the house.

The cause of the mother's injuries has not been released. An earlier version of the story erroneously stated she was attacked with the machete.

The boyfriend said he went to check on the 57-year-old woman and found her on a couch in the living room of the house. She was not breathing and had an injury to her face. After performing CPR, the woman was taken to McLaren Port Huron.

Responding officers, with assistance from the department's investigative unit and the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, were able to locate the suspect at about 7:15 a.m. Thursday in the rear of a yard in the 1300 block of Miller Street. The son was taken into custody without incident.

Court records show Lander lives on Miller Street. He also was petitioned to mental health court in late February, according to court records.

Lander does not have any prior criminal history.

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© 2017 Port Huron Times Herald


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