Oregon mother accused of shooting teenage son to death

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) – The mother of a teenager shot to death inside a Gresham home was arrested and will be charged with murder, police say.

Dianne Davidoff, 42, is accused of shooting and killing her 17-year-old son, Jacob Ryan Davidoff, at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

When officers arrived at the house, they tried to perform CPR on the teen, but their efforts were not successful.Gresham Police Officer Malaka Kerbs told KOIN 6 News the teen was shot in the back.

Kerbs did not comment on a motive.

KOIN 6 News learned Jacob Davidoff was not enrolled in a school in the district at this time. A 17-year-old boy was allegedly killed by his mother in this Gresham home, September 25 2015. (KOIN)

Court records in Multnomah County show the home went into foreclosure in September 2012. In February 2014 the sale of the home was cancelled, and in November 2014 Wells Fargo asked the sheriff’s office to take control of the house.

The occupants did not vacate the home, court records showed, and in August 2015 another notice was sent to them to leave.

The family appeared to be in the process of moving.

The next door neighbor

Bruce Maiden, who lives next door to the Davidoffs, told KOIN 6 News Dianne Davidoff “seemed to be going through a lot of fears and thought people were chasing her.”

He also said she “showed us a gun about a month ago.”

Dianne Davidoff lived at the home for about 5 years, Maiden said, and added she was unemployed for the past 3 or 4 months.

Maiden’s daughter and her husband were in the process of buying the Davidoff residence, he said. They were out to dinner and let his daughter and son-in-law use their home to sign the paperwork.

At 7:26 p.m., Maiden’s son-in-law texted Davidoff to see if she signed her side of the real estate paperwork. She replied to the text quickly.

The shooting was reported just 7 minutes later, and Maiden said his daughter and son-in-law heard the shooting.

Davidoff will be charged with murder and unlawful use of a weapon. Her first court appearance was scheduled for Monday and she is being held without bail.

The case is being investigated by the Gresham Police Department and the East Multnomah County Major Crimes Team.

A 17-year-old boy was allegedly killed by his mother in this Gresham home, September 25 2015. (KOIN)
The 17-year-old boy was allegedly killed by his mother in this home.

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