Buffalo, NY — A grandmother was shot to death by police after she stabbed her young grandson to death outside her home.
A scene of unimaginable horror is what two Buffalo police officers encountered when they were flagged down and brought to the front porch of a home. There they found 22-year-old Tiffany Fears performing CPR on her 4-year-old son, Roderick Geiger III, who was bleeding to death after having been stabbed in the stomach and chest by his grandmother.
While the officers began working on the boy they were charged by the child’s 38-year-old-grandmother, Charlene Fears, who was armed with two large knives. She ignored repeated demands to drop the knives and, fearing for their safety, was subsequently shot and killed by one of the officers.
Roderick was rushed to Women and Children’s Hospital, but later died. Charlene’s two other children, who were in the home at the time of the stabbing, were not harmed. The officer who shot Charlene, a 25-year veteran, is not being named and the case is being investigated by the homicide squad and internal affairs.
Neighbors are stunned and disturbed that the horrific crime happened right in their neighborhood. Neighbor Ebony White said, “I never think somebody would do that to an innocent little kid, ya know, there’s nothing a little kid can make you do that would make you go that far.”
No motive was mentioned in any of the news sources but friends say Charlene has been struggling with mental illness. Recently police were called to conduct a welfare check on her because of a disturbing message she left for her sister. Police would find Charlene near some railroad tracks and take her to the hospital.
While some neighbors describe Charlene as kind and generous, others say she had a temper and got into disputes. Charlene’s criminal history shows past charges for harassment and she was regularly in Housing Court. But nothing that would lead anyone to believe she would be capable stabbing her own grandson to death.Tags: Charlene Fears, Child Murder, criome, grandmother, mental illness, Murder, New York, Roderick Geiger, Stabbing