PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A Washington state man is in jail on suspicion of trying to choke his bedridden mom to death at a Phoenix hospital, police said.
When questioned by officers after his arrest, Alex Thrasher, 25, admitted he was trying to kill her because she was mean to him, called him names and didn't contribute to society, according to a probable cause statement filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.
The statement said late Monday afternoon, Thrasher paid a visit to his mom, Leslie Ann Marie Clark, at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital at 1111 E. McDowell Road.
Clark said her son, who is 6'5" tall and weighs 250 pounds, climbed into her bed, straddled her chest, placed his hands on her neck and began squeezing. Just then, she said nurses came in and managed to pull Thrasher off her.
Clark told the nurses her son was trying to kill her and that she felt "totally powerless," according to the court document.
One of the nurses who entered the room and assisted in removing Thrasher later told investigators he was smiling and heard him say, "That was fun," court paperwork said.
Thrasher was later asked by crime detectives if he may have killed his mother if nursing staff hadn't arrived. He said "possibly," documents stated.
Clark had several recent scratches around her neck and on her left cheek, police said.
Describing an earlier incident in March, Clark said she was starting to fall asleep when she was awakened by her son, who was attempting to wrap a blanket around her head, making it hard for her to breathe, court documents said. Clark said she didn't think he was trying to kill her at the time, according to court paperwork.
The woman said in 2010 she had surgery done on her knees. While confined to her bed, Clark said her son asked for two percocet pills, and when she said no, Thrasher sat on top of her knees, causing her great pain, documents said