Grandson charged with murder in slaying of 79-year-old grandmother in Mt. Washington

21-year-old behind bars, accused of killing grandmother
Updated: May. 27, 2020 at 8:13 AM EDT
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MT. WASHINGTON (FOX19) - A 21-year-old man is under arrest on a murder charge in the homicide of his 79-year-old grandmother in Mt. Washington, Cincinnati police announced in a tweet Wednesday morning.

Officers said they responded to a home in the 5400 block of Beechmont Avenue near Elstun Road around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to conduct a welfare check on a resident.

When they arrived, they found an unresponsive woman suffering from visible head trauma, according to a police news release.

The victim, Anna Kidwell, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Early Wednesday, police said her grandson, Cullen Kidwell, was arrested and charged with murder for causing her death.

Police did not say what led up to the slaying.

Several neighbors of Anna Kidwell described her as a sweet woman.

One neighbor said Kidwell’s grandson did not live with her but his family had seen Cullen around his grandmother’s apartment.

“Sometimes he would sleep on the floor here. She don’t want to open the door. He knocked the doors many times," Ermas Feleke said.

Court documents show Cullen has a recent criminal history. In September 2019. he pleaded guilty to stealing from Walmart. He was given probation but he violated it, documents say, so he was sent to jail.

In March 2020, a judge let Cullen out of jail early after his defense attorney filed a motion asking for his release.

Two months later and 14 days before his original release date, Cullen stands accused of killing his grandmother.

He was booked into the Hamilton County jail about and is expected to make his first court appearance in the case Thursday, jail officials said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit: 513-352-3542, or Crime Stoppers: 513-352-3040.

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