Ridgely alleged murder scene

Maryland State Police arrested Janice Cohee Tuesday night after she allegedly murdered her father, Arthur Cohee, earlier that day at their home at 12316 Ridgely Road.

RIDGELY -- A Ridgely woman remains behind bars after she allegedly killed her father Monday at their Ridgely home and falsely blamed his death from an attack by two intruders, according to Maryland State Police.

Janice C. Cohee, 58, of 12316 Ridgely Road, was arrested and charged Tuesday with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, man-slaughter and reckless endangerment. She is being held without bond at the Caroline County Detention Center.

According to Maryland State Police, the Caroline County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 5:41 p.m. Monday from Janice Cohee who said her father, Arthur Cohee, 90, was dead.

State police said deputies responded to the 12316 Ridgely Road home and found Janice Cohee sitting outside and Arthur Cohee in a chair in the kitchen with cuts to his throat and an open head wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police said Caroline County Sheriff Randy Bounds requested the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit to conduct the investigation and a search warrant was obtained for the home.

According to charging documents, Janice Cohee told police two black men broke into her home at about noon Monday and hit her father in the head with a hammer.

Police said Janice Cohee told investigators she was asleep in another room during the attack, but did not call police immediately because she believed the police would think she killed her father.

Police allege Janice Cohee's account could not be true based on evidence found at the scene and on her, as well as conflicting information provided to police.

<*p(0,4,0,10.2,0,0,G)>According to charging documents, police found dried blood under Janice Cohee's fingernails along with blood spatter on her arms and palms. Police said dried blood, brain and skin matter also was found in Janice Cohee's hair.

Investigators sent the evidence to the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division laboratory for identification. Arthur Cohee's body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the death.


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