Baltimore County police charged a 25-year-old Catonsville man yesterday with attempting to kill an 80-year-old woman who was his employer and his parents' neighbor.
Dorothy Cherry, of the 100 block of Melrose Ave., was unconscious in her home when her daughter discovered her May 7. The side door had been kicked in and she had been badly beaten. Cherry was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she remained in critical condition yesterday.
Police charged Braderick Thomas Greene of the first block of Winters Lane with attempted first-degree murder and with breaking and entering. He was being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
According to charging documents, Greene owned boots that matched a shoeprint found on Cherry's door. Police said Greene also bragged to others in Cherry's neighborhood that he broke into a woman's home, but said that he did not hurt her.
Greene did yard work and other chores for Cherry, police said.
Official have not determined whether anything was taken.
"We haven't established a motive," said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.