Paul White Jr.

Paul White Jr. has been charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and first degree assault. (Photo provided by Baltimore County Police Department)

The call came into the Baltimore County emergency dispatch center just after midnight. An unidentified woman asked police respond to a home in Parkville. She didn't say why.

When officers arrived in the first minutes of Sunday, they found 26-year-old Paul White Jr., who had been released from the county jail less than three months earlier, leaving his family's home, police said. Inside, White's mother was found unconscious and bleeding from at least one stab wound from a kitchen knife, and his sister was also found stabbed and bleeding, police said.

In the subsequent minutes, White, a 26-year-old former psychiatric patient with a history of assault charges, would be arrested. His mother, Jeanette Williams, 46, would be declared dead, and his sister, Victoria White, 18, would be rushed to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with serious injuries.

Before she was taken away, however, Victoria White would tell investigators that it had been her brother who had stabbed her and Williams, according to a charging document in the case. Another unidentified person at the home would tell of watching Paul White stab Victoria White as well, the charging document says.

On Monday, police said White had gotten into an argument with his mother before the stabbing. He was taken into custody without incident shortly after being stopped as he left the home in the first block of Lerner Court.

Paul White was booked and returned to the Baltimore County Detention Center, from which he had been released in February after serving part of a six-month sentence for assaulting a staff member at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, according to court records.

He remained at the detention center Monday without bail, charged with killing his mother and attempting to kill his sister.

On Monday afternoon, investigators were still piecing together the violence at the family home, awaiting the opportunity to conduct more interviews with Victoria White and the second, unidentified witness, said Cpl. Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman.

Batton would not provide more details about the nature of the alleged argument between Paul White and his mother, and have said nothing about how his sister became involved in the altercation. Batton said she could not comment on the investigation or divulge whether investigators are looking into his documented mental illness and time at Spring Grove, the state's largest psychiatric hospital, as factors in the stabbings.

However, a broader picture of Paul White's history of violence was available in court records from previous cases in which he was charged with assault, including the case that landed him in the detention center late last year after a seven-month stint at Spring Grove.

That case, from October, puts White among what officials have called a growing number of patients who have assaulted employees of the hospital in recent years — a problem that spurred a scathing review of the facility by an outside consultant this year.

About 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, hospital employee Tony Philson informed a group of women visiting the hospital from a local church that visiting hours had concluded, and he asked them to leave, according to court documents.

As he walked out of the room in the red-brick treatment ward, Philson alleged, White, who had been at the hospital for about seven months for a separate assault charge, followed him.

White "began to argue with me and told me I was being disrespectful and that I should 'let the church ladies stay,' " Philson wrote in his request that a second-degree assault charge be filed against White.

"White was talking loudly and was being aggressive towards me at that time," Philson wrote.

As Philson turned to lock a door in the facility, White "rushed me and struck me several times with a closed fist on the left side of my face/head," he wrote. White also yanked three dreadlocks out of Philson's head, according to Philson's court statement.

In subsequent days, before Philson filed the request for charges, White was accused twice of assaulting another patient at the hospital in what court records referred to as "witness intimidation."

Those assault charges would not be prosecuted, but they did spur White's transfer from Spring Grove to the detention center.

In January, White was found guilty of the second-degree assault charge against Philson and given a six-month sentence, starting with the date of his transfer from Spring Grove to the detention center after the alleged assaults on the other patient in October.

He would not serve his full sentence. Records indicate he was released Feb. 25, according to a jail operator.

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