Mom Charged with Stabbing UWS Teen Sean Hines to Death


Sonja Sharp and Tom Liddy, DNAinfo Reporters

MANHATTAN — An Upper West Side mom was charged with stabbing her teenage son — a quiet kid who loved to skateboard — to death in their apartment, police said.

Yvonne Hines, 52, was hit with a manslaughter rap for stabbing Sean Hines, 18, in the leg just before midnight Saturday at their home on West 92nd Street and Columbus Avenue, according to cops.

"That boy was a nice boy, going to school," said Alberto Walters, 76, a resident for 34 years. "Never talked to anybody...It's a shame."

Neighbors said that Sean loved to skateboard and had recently graduated from high school.

When police arrived, the suspect, who has two sealed arrests, came to the door with a bloody sponge, according to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

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The motive for the killing was unclear, but Hines and her son had been fighting, according to cops.

Sources said there was a history of domestic incidents at the apartment, including allegations of assault and child abuse. The details of the allegations were not immediately clear.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspect, who was held without bail at her arraignment Sunday, had what "appeared to be a recent cut on her left thumb and what appeared to be recent scratches on her left arm."

When Hines was being led from the apartment in cuffs, she denied the killing and blamed it on her husband, Sean's stepfather, who was questioned but not charged.

"I've seen...stories that made her look like something out of this world," said the stepfather, Johnny Jackson, 52. "She wasn't like that. She was a good mother. She had an alcohol problem.

"I lost my wife and my son."