Springfield woman facing multiple first-degree murder charges

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SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield woman is facing multiple first-degree murder charges in connection with the December 11 beating death of a 66-year-old.

Springfield police say officers were dispatched to Memorial Hospital at about 7:31 a.m. on December 7 for a report of a 66-year-old male who had suffered what was believed to be a life-threatening head injury.  Officers say they learned the victim had been taken to the hospital from his home in the 1800 block of East Pine at about 11:30 p.m. on December 6, and that it was initially reported that the man fell out of his wheelchair.

However, Springfield police detectives spoke with family members, who expressed concerns that the victim's step-daughter, Christina Mathews, 47, had injured the victim over alleged money issues.  Detectives found and interviewed Mathews on December 8, and arrested her on three counts of aggravated battery after completing the interview.  On December 11, Springfield police learned that the victim had died, and that an autopsy was scheduled.

On December 14, authorities say Mathews was charged with three counts of first-degree murder by a grand jury.  The investigation into this death is ongoing.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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