Full Of The Devil: Eva Hobbs’ Battle With Her Son’s Mental Illness Ended in Her Bloody Bedroom; His Continues in a Jail Cell

Kris Hobbs, 36, son of Eva Hobbs, and Diane Wicker, 60, her lifelong friend, look through family photographs of Eva during a recent meeting at the Ledger Media Group office in Winter Haven. Hobbs' twin brother, Micah Hobbs, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of their mother on March 9. (Michael Wilson/ The Ledger)

Kris Hobbs, 36, son of Eva Hobbs, and Diane Wicker, 60, her lifelong friend, look through family photographs of Eva during a recent meeting at the Ledger Media Group office in Winter Haven. Hobbs’ twin brother, Micah Hobbs, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of their mother on March 9. (Michael Wilson/ The Ledger)

WINTER HAVEN | No one could have predicted the bloody bedroom that night, but Eva Hobbs had a bad feeling.

One can only imagine the tension swelling, the fear compiling, until finally, something snapped in a way it never had before.

Hobbs devoted her life, even her final hours, to taking care of her mentally ill son: going out after midnight into a cold night to take him pizza, making sure he had new clothes.

“If there was one thing anyone could say about (Eva), it’s that she loved her children,” said Jessica McLaughlin, Hobbs’ soon to be daughter-in-law. “Day or night, she was at that boy’s beck and call.”

Those efforts, had they been fruitful, might have saved her life.

Records acquired by The Ledger show Hobbs tried in vain to get police and mental health help for her son, Micah Hobbs, on March 8, but he wasn’t deemed a threat to himself or others.

Less than 12 hours later, police say Micah Hobbs stabbed his mother to death.

The rest of this article can be found here as it appeared on page A1 of The Ledger.

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