Bond set for Akron teen

Robin Goist -

AKRON, Ohio – A judge on Thursday set bond at $250,000 for a 19-year-old woman accused of fatally stabbing her mother at the family’s home on Akron’s northwest side.

Sydney Powell has been charged with murder in the death of her mother, 50-year-old Brenda Powell, according to police and court records.

Brenda Powell died Tuesday of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office. She had worked for 28 years at Akron Children’s Hospital as a child life specialist, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Sydney Powell, who graduated from Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in 2018, was enrolled at the University of Mount Union from August 2018 to December 2019. In an alert to those on campus, Mount Union said counseling services were available for people affected by the news.

Around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, someone from the University of Mount Union called Akron police to report that he had returned a phone call to the Powell household and heard screaming.

“They’re on the phone and there was a lot of screaming going on, so he couldn’t really say if it was like a physical fight, but just sort of like a lot of yelling and screaming going on,” the officer said on the 911 call.

Officers responded to the home on the 1900 block of Scudder Avenue near White Pond Drive to perform a welfare check. They found Brenda and Sydney Powell inside with apparent injuries, police said.

Paramedics brought Brenda Powell to Cleveland Clinic Akron General, where she died, according to police.

Sydney Powell, who suffered minor injuries, was brought to Summa Akron City Hospital for treatment before being transferred to the Summit County Jail, records show.

Powell is scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing on March 25, according to Akron Municipal Court records.

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