HOPEWELL, Va. -- The mother of a stabbing suspect said her son and his girlfriend were destined for another break up. She believes that is what made her son grab a kitchen knife and stab her Thursday.
Neighbors said they heard the 22-year-old shout, “I love her, I love her, why don't she love me back?”
Suspect Marlow Hall’s mother said her son came running out of nowhere.
“I saw him leap forward," she said. "I didn't know he had a knife until her mom screamed, ‘He stabbed her.’"
And what followed, neighbors said, can be summed up in one word: "chaos."
Police said Hall plunged a knife in his girlfriend Thursday.
His mother said you could only see the wooden handle sticking out of the 19-year-old's back.
"It was a cooking knife from the kitchen,” she said. “If he looks like he is going to have an episode, I usually hide everything from him."
Asking WTVR CBS to hide her identity, Hall's mom said she has struggled to get her son help and claims he's mentally ill.
"With no insurance, it's hard to help him," she said.
Hall's wounded girlfriend was rushed to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Hall’s mom says she was stabbed in front of her 10-month-old son and said Hall and his girlfriend are also expecting a child.
Bertha Burns has lived off Waverly Street in Hopewell as long as Hall has been alive. She said what she saw out her window is something she hopes to never witness again.
"Nothing like that. No stabbing like that,” Burns said. "The world has changed. There is no love anymore. I don't understand how you can scream you love someone, and then jab them in the back with a knife."
The victim was in critical but stable condition Thursday night. No word on the condition of their unborn child.
Hall is being held at Riverside Regional Jail without bond.