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Court documents: Woman told attacker 'I love you' as she died

As she was being beaten to death with a fireplace poker, a Sequim woman told her attacker over and over again, "I love you," court documents say. (KOMO)

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- As she was being beaten to death with a fireplace poker, a Sequim woman told her attacker over and over again, "I love you," court documents say.

Cynthia Little, 71, was found dead in her home Thursday. Her dog, which was also dead, was found alongside her.

She was a grandmother figure to the 18-year-old Bainbridge Island man who has been arrested in her death, court documents say.


Those documents portray the 18-year-old as mentally troubled. Bainbridge High School had recently suspended him for behavioral problems, court documents say.

He had received pain medicines for dental work and a change in his anti-psychotic medication on April 30.

After that, he began to hear voices and experience hallucinations. Court documents said the young man claimed his best friend was an android.

On Tuesday, he threatened his mother with a pencil, telling her she wasn't his real mother, court documents say. The woman and her husband had adopted their son from Russia when he was 1.

Also on Tuesday, court documents say he held the family's pet cat down with such force that it appeared its eyes were bulging out.

He was taken to a facility for a psychological assessment, then released.

On Wednesday, he took the family car and drove to Little's home.

She had him spend the night.

On Thursday afternoon, the teen's parents found her dead, and her father suspected his son, court documents say.

After he was arrested, the teen said Little was acting strange. At one point, she tried to grab him. Court documents say he made a hugging motion to police to show how she tried to grab him.

He took a poker and hit her. She fell, got back up and said, "I love you" over and over, court documents say the teen told investigators.

He told police he hit her 15 times, court documents say.

The teen tried to strangle the family dog, then beat it to death, court documents say.

He tried to find his car keys but couldn't. He took Little's keys and drove off in her car, court documents say.

The teen had a court hearing on Friday.

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