South Ogden man stabbed his mother multiple times, police say

South Ogden man stabbed his mother multiple times, police say

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SALT LAKE CITY — A woman attacked by her adult son on Tuesday was stabbed in the lung, heart and liver, according to police.

Michael Adam Christensen, 34, stabbed his mother at a home in the 700 block of 5300 South about 5 a.m., according to South Ogden police. Officers found the woman lying in her bed.

“The victim showed the responding officers multiple stab wounds on the chest and back,” a police affidavit states. “The victim told responding officers that Michael stabbed her and stated what are you doing to me.”

According to the affidavit, the injuries were life threatening and at the time Christensen was arrested, his mother was “in ICU, and is on a ventilator, and in and out of (consciousness).”

After the stabbing, Christensen left the house in his mother's car. Police later learned that he contacted other family members and told them what he had done, the affidavit states.

After police located Christensen, he “uttered to the officer initiating the traffic stop that he knew what he had done, and to put him under arrest. Michael also told officers that he did not have the knife, and he stole the car. Michael refused to talk, or cooperate with officers any further,” the affidavit states.

Christensen was formally charged on Wednesday in 2nd District Court with attempted murder, a first-degree felony; theft, a second-degree felony; and possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a class A misdemeanor.

When he was being booked into the Weber County Jail on Tuesday, he stated, “I murdered my mother,” the charges state.

Before his arrest, South Ogden police released a statement saying Christensen “has a history of mental illness and violence.” Court records show Christensen specifically has a history of violence against his mother, who has filed for a protective order against him in the past.

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA’s Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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