Woman Charged With Killing 90-Year-Old Mother

An Elizabeth City woman is being held on a charge of killing her 90-year-old mother.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported that 68-year-old Norma Raper is accused of second-degree murder in the Sept. 5 death of Betty Baum. Raper was jailed Wednesday at Albemarle District Jail after a Pasquotank County grand jury indicted her this week.

Authorities say Baum was found dead in the home that she and her daughter shared.

The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says an autopsy has been performed and information on the cause of death is pending.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2011 at 02:27 PM
    so stupid...she would have been dead soon anyway. Now 2 lives are over.
  • by WTH Location: Greenville on Sep 24, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    Why is everyone jumping to conclusions? There aren't even any details in this report.
  • by in a hurry? on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    not trying to sound like a complete jerk here, but 90 is very old, for sure she wouldnt live that much longer, couldnt the daughter just wait a couple years?
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      by Who knows? on Sep 24, 2011 at 11:33 PM in reply to in a hurry?
      Perhaps her mother was suffering, begging for the pain to end, and the daughter loved her too much to let it go on for "a couple more years". For anyone who's ever worked in a hospital, you know there are things far worse than death. Death is terribly sad. Long term suffering, mentally and physically, is much sadder. Sometimes, death is a blessing.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    vic- I think it was bush's fault.how about you lavon?
  • by OMG! Location: wayne co. on Sep 23, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    This poor little old lady was able to live 90 years, and her 68 year old daughter killed her!! This very sad, she lived 90 years and did not deserve to die to the hands of her own daughter!!!What's wrong with people today?? Sometimes I don't think it's crazyness it's down right meanness and disgusting what some people will stoop to doing!! It's a sick, mean and hardhearted world we live in folks and the end of time is drawing nearer!!!
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      by TWO SIDES on Sep 23, 2011 at 06:03 PM in reply to OMG!
      I am in no way defending this woman, but there are worse things than death. Suffering is one of those things. A death with dignity is a good death.
  • by Marty on Sep 23, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    What does her race have to do with it? From what I can see, being a whacko has no particular race, creed or religion. Or social standing.
  • by smh Location: enc on Sep 23, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    Another Crazy White Women, on to the next one
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      by smdh on Sep 29, 2011 at 03:34 AM in reply to smh
      she was probably on welfare and wanted insurance money, plus her father wasn't there. now she'll be using up our tax money getting free meals in jail.
  • by Really??? Location: Bertie on Sep 23, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    Poor little lady... Story is she fell and the daughter did nothing to help her, simply covered her up with a blanket and allowed her to lay there and die! SAD SAD SAD!
  • by George Location: Kinston on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    I am beginning to really think that at least half of americans have mental issues! What is wrong with people?
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      by Jeff on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:54 AM in reply to George
      The details haven't been published. Could it be an act of mercy? Let's hope it wasn't for insurance or anything like that.
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      by smiley on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:57 AM in reply to George
      I AGREE!! They just don't know how to solve or work through problems anymore.
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      by Dav on Sep 23, 2011 at 09:32 AM in reply to George
      Me too, and they walk among us. Scary stuff.
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      by vic on Sep 23, 2011 at 02:43 PM in reply to George
      As my little ol' grandma used to say, "Honey, all the crazy people aren't locked up in the hospital." Thank you, President Reagan (sarcasm)
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        by are you kidding? on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:56 PM in reply to vic
        yeah, we dont LOCK people up for having mental health problems, who knows, you might be in an institution right now.
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      by alan on Sep 23, 2011 at 02:59 PM in reply to George
      an what half might you be in george
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      by so.. on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:58 PM in reply to George
      everyone has a tendency towards mental illness so whats your point? by the way, it doesnt necessarily mean that the woman was mentally ill or a horrible person, it just means she didnt get help and was negligent. the mother might have been saying her goodbyes, who knows. my grandma was pretty angry when EMS workers brought her back to life and just wanted to die.
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