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Police: Gresham mother charged with murder of 17-year-old son

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Dianne Davidoff, booking photo Dianne Davidoff, booking photo
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A woman was arrested and charged with the murder of her teenage son, Gresham police said Friday.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 2800 block of Southeast Rosefinch Drive around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police said when they arrived on scene, they found a 17-year-old boy dead. The boy's father identified him as Jacob Davidoff.

After investigating, police arrested the teen's mother, Dianne Davidoff, 42. She faces one count of murder and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Police can't say what led to the shooting, but officers said Dianne Davidoff shot her son in the back. It wasn't clear if anybody else was home at the time.

Officers spent most of Thursday night and Friday morning gathering evidence inside and outside of the home.

Relatives told Fox 12 that she may have thought her son was an intruder, and other neighbors said Dianne was troubled, fearful and possibly suffered from delusions.

"(She was) very reclusive and recently she was expressing a lot of fear that somebody was after her," neighbor Bruce Maiden, who lived next door to the family for five years, said. "We feel sick and shocked because a young boy's life was taken."

Neighbors said the rarely saw Jacob, and there is no record of him being enrolled in a script in Gresham for nearly two years.

Maiden said he was worried about Dianne's changing behavior, but never thought this would be the outcome. He noted that she tell stories involving the FBI and suspicious people lurking in the neighborhood, and that she recently bought a gun.

"It was a small revolver. she showed it to us tucked in her belt 3 weeks ago," Maiden said.

Dianne also face financial troubles, Maiden said, losing her job recently and having her home in foreclosure. Maiden even said his daughter and son-in-law were buying the house, and that Dianne and Jacob had been packing and preparing to move out Friday.

Dianne will be in court Monday.

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