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Teen viciously stabbed his mom, beat her with frying pan to avoid cleaning his room, police say

A Florida teenager will be tried as an adult after police said he violently attacked his mother, who was “constantly harping” on him to clean his room.

Late last month, Tobias “Toby” Jacob Brewer, 17, of Cocoa, Florida, about 45 miles southeast of Orlando, allegedly snapped and stabbed his mother with a pocketknife and beat her with a frying pan because she was “constantly on his case about cleaning his room.” Brewer later admitted to police that he “does not like cleaning his room” and that he “was tired of” his mom “constantly harping about it,” a police report stated.

The attack against the victim appears to have been vicious. Brewer continuously struck his mother in the head with the frying pan “until the handle … broke,” the report says. He also allegedly stabbed her with the pocketknife “multiple times.”

When questioned at the hospital, the victim, whose name has not been released, reportedly told the police, “Toby did this.” She remains in critical condition.

A review of Brewer’s phone records indicated that, after the assault, Brewer texted a friend and asked him to bring a gun to “shoot the victim.” The friend, who has autism, reportedly replied that he would not bring a gun, but offered to bring a knife instead. Brewer also allegedly stole his mother’s keys and some money from her purse and then fled the scene, in his mother’s car, with two of his friends and his girlfriend in tow.

Their joyride did not last long. The teens led deputies with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office on a wild chase through several counties before the teens’ vehicle crashed into a wooded area along U.S. 1.The suspects then reportedly attempted to flee on foot, but all were eventually apprehended and arrested.

Brewer has been charged with first-degree attempted murder, capital criminal conspiracy, fleeing with disregard of safety to persons/property, and grand theft of a motor vehicle. He remains in custody in the Brevard County Jail. His name has been released because he is being tried as an adult.

Brewer appeared in court on December 15, but his next scheduled court appearance has not been reported. It is unclear whether any of his friends will face charges.