Witnesses: Mom Stabbed Son During Ice Cream Dispute

Woman claims teen son walked into knife

By Christian Farr
|  Monday, Sep 9, 2013  |  Updated 9:30 PM CDT
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The mother of a slain Sauk Village teen has been charged with his death after witnesses said the two argued over ice cream. Robin Erwin, 31, was charged with first-degree murder for stabbing her son, 17-year-old Diontae Erwin, to death on Sept. 7, Sauk Village police said in a statement.

The mother of a slain Sauk Village teen has been charged with his death after witnesses said the two argued over ice cream. Robin Erwin, 31, was charged with first-degree murder for stabbing her son, 17-year-old Diontae Erwin, to death on Sept. 7, Sauk Village police said in a statement.

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The mother of a slain Sauk Village teen has been charged with his death after witnesses said the two argued over ice cream.

Robin Erwin, 31, was charged with first-degree murder for stabbing her son, 17-year-old Diontae Erwin, to death on Sept. 7, Sauk Village police said in a statement.

It happened at a home in the 1700 block of East 223rd Street in Sauk Village, according to the Lake County (Ind.) Coroner’s office.

The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital and his death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy determined he died from a stab wound to his chest.

A judge set bond at $750,000 for Robin Erwin Monday in a Markham courthouse.

Witnesses said the mother and son were arguing about ice cream at 12:15 p.m. when the stabbing occurred, prosecutors claimed.

Robin Erwin called police and said her son walked into the knife, a claim that the coroner’s office said was inconsistent with medical findings.

Officers seized about 130 grams of cannabis from the home.

Diontae was a student at Bloom Trail High School where his friends say the aspiring rapper was on the wrestling team.

"It's a real shame this had to happen. He was a really good guy, and he was always there for me," the victim's friend, Saul Nunez, said.

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