Posted on February 17, 2011

Kendall Anderson, 16, Killed Mom With Claw Hammer for Taking Away His Playstation: Court

Michael Sheridan, Daily News (New York), February 17, 2011


The 16-year-old [Kendall Anderson] allegedly told police he decided to kill his mother, Rashida Anderson, after a 90-minute argument that culminated in her taking the video-game console away.

Anderson considered his actions before killing his 37-year-old single mother, said the judge who read the teen’s statement in Philadelphia Municipal Court. The teen paced for three hours mulling over what he would do before deciding to kill her, said his confession, which he gave to a police detective.

Anderson struck her 20 times with a claw hammer while she slept.


{snip} Anderson was charged with murder in December, as well as possession of an instrument of a crime and abuse of a corpse.

The teen was not known to be violent, but had been charged with stealing a laptop from his high school.

“If I could, I would not do it again,” he said in his confession. “I really miss my mom. . . . She was the only person who cared for me.”