Govans woman, 50, found slain in hallway of home


The mutilated body of a 50-year-old Govans woman was found yesterday in her home, and police issued a warrant for the arrest of her 30-year-old son.

Dessie Williams' body was discovered just before noon in the second-floor hallway of her home in the 5200 block of Ivanhoe Avenue.

Homicide detectives said that she had suffered extreme trauma to the body and that one of her limbs had been severed.

Late last night, police recovered the murder weapon, an electric circular saw, and issued a warrant for the arrest of Clifton Williams, Ms. Williams' son, who lived with her.

The body was discovered at 11:45 p.m. by a daughter, Sheila Mayor, 30, who had returned to the house after doing errands, the police said. She found her mother's body on the floor near a radio that was playing Christmas music, the police said.

Ms. Williams had worked in the housekeeping department at Union Memorial Hospital for more than 20 years, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The slaying brings to 296 the number of people killed in Baltimore this year, 34 more than for all of last year, the police said.

Although 308 deaths have been investigated as homicides, 10 of those cases were ruled as justifiable self-defense and two other violent deaths were reclassified by the Police Department for other reasons, thereby reducing the total to 296.

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