A 25-year-old Silver Spring man faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of his mother, police said.

Fidel Washington was arrested June 28 and is being held without bail in the Montgomery County Detention Center after the body of Esperana Valle, 50, was discovered June 28 at about 8 a.m in the apartment she and her son shared in the 9700 block of Mt. Pisgah Road in Silver Spring.

Her body was found in the apartment by police who were responding to queries about Valle’s whereabouts after she had not reported for work and friends and co-workers could not account for her absence, police said.

According to law enforcement officials, she had been stabbed at least 40 times. Washington, who was cleaning his room when police arrived, told investigators initially that “someone came in and stabbed his mother,” police said.

Police said he later confessed to the killing and told police that he and his mother had argued about him being unemployed. According to charging documents, Washington assaulted her as “a way to control her” and remained in the apartment for roughly 36 hours before police arrived.

Washington appeared in court July 1, via a video monitor from the Montgomery County jail. District Judge Barry Hamilton delayed reviewing the terms of his bond pending a mental-health evaluation.


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer