Savannah man charged with murder in the death of his mother

Savannah man charged with murder in the death of his mother

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Police say they made a quick arrest in the homicide of a 70-year-old woman Thursday night.

According to the Savannah Police Department, around 9 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of E. 49th Street to conduct a welfare check. Upon arrival, officers say they found Nancy Hunt dead with apparent injuries that were not self-inflicted.

Detectives say 29-year-old Sean Hunt, who is the victim’s son, was on scene when officers arrived. He was brought in for questioning and upon further investigation, police charged him with the murder and transported him to the Chatham County Detention Center without incident.

WTOC found out from neighbors that this wasn’t the first time that police have been called to the house.

Savannah’s SWAT Team was called out to the location just under a year ago after her son, Sean, cut her leaving her with a non-life threatening injury.

Hunt was booked into the Chatham County Detention Center after that incident on an aggravated assault charge.

This April, Hunt was charged by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for exploitation or abuse of an elderly or disabled person. It’s not clear if that charge is connected to the aggravated assault case.

WTOC spoke with one man who detailed how his normally quiet street turned into a busy crime scene in just a matter of minutes Thursday night.

"Just a lot of police, and then they had the tape up already and you could tell something was going on. The whole neighborhood was out on the street. We were all waiting and seeing, and then eventually word got down the street of what happened. It's heart-breaking, you know? And when it's so close to your house. You never think anything like that's going to happen. And then it's just a tragedy that's in your neighborhood, you know? Everybody's friends on this street,” neighbor Sean Rush said.

According to the Chatham County Courts’ website, Hunt had a status hearing on the 2018 aggravated assault charge this Tuesday.

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