HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The mother of a 19-year-old Keedysville man charged with murdering his paternal grandparents says her son is mentally ill.

Bonnie Minoglio of nearby Boonsboro said Monday that her son Joseph was under a doctor’s care before the fatal stabbing Saturday of 84-year-old Joseph Michael Minoglio and 78-year-old Peggy Minoglio.

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She asked for prayers for her family.

Her son was being held Monday in Montgomery County, Va. Police say he fled there in his grandparents’ car.

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The Herald-Mail newspaper of Hagerstown reported that an arraignment hearing was scheduled Monday in Christianburg, Va., on a fugitive charge.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says it is seeking to extradite Minoglio back to Maryland to face two counts of first-degree murder.

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