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YOUNGSTOWN Caregiver charged in stabbing of man, 89



Published: Thu, April 25, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The man barely survived the attack, a prosecutor said.

By JoANNE VIVIANO

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- A 28-year-old South Side woman accused of slashing the throat and abdomen of an 89-year-old man in his Midlothian Boulevard home was one of several women who helped take care of him, a city police spokesman said.

Michelle Burton, 30, also known as "Angel," of East Chalmers Avenue, appeared in municipal court Wednesday on a charge of felonious assault in the February stabbing of Michael Butch.

Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. ordered a $50,000 cash or surety bond on the felony and additional 10-percent bonds totaling $4,000 on unrelated pending misdemeanor cases.

Burton was one of several women Butch had met at a local fast-food restaurant he frequented, said Lt. Robin Lees, Youngstown Police Department public information officer. Lees said the women often visited Butch's house to help with his care.

Detective Sgt. Daryl Martin and Detective Sgt. Jerry Shuster, through interviews and other evidence, named Burton as the suspect, Lees said.

Assistant City Prosecutor Ben Joltin said Butch barely survived the attack.

Police found Butch bleeding from his neck and abdomen, propped against the door to his apartment, around 5:35 p.m. Feb. 17. A neighbor had seen him crawling to the door and called for help.

Butch was unable to speak but nodded when an officer asked if a woman had stabbed and robbed him, pointing to his front pants pockets that were pulled out as if someone had gone through them.

Burton has not been charged with robbing Butch.




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