Local Man Charged With Brutal Mom-Stab Attacked Her Before: Cops
Blake Springsteen caught three domestic battery cases in connection with alleged attacks on his mother and other family members before he was charged with trying to kill her last week.
Five years before he allegedly tied up his mom, drove her to Crete, stabbed her and left her in a ditch, Blake Springsteen attacked both his mother and his 15-year-old brother in their unincorporated Cook County home just outside of Flossmoor.
Springsteen, now 22, twisted his mother's arm and punched his younger brother's face in May 2008. Springsteen was also hit with a charge of criminal damage to property for vandalizing his mother's 2004 Volkswagen Passat during the same incident.
Less than eight months after that attack in the 3653 W. Flossmoor Road home he still lived in until his arrest last week, Springsteen was again arrested on a domestic battery charge. This time, according to Cook County Sheriff's Police, he pushed his father, Kenneth Springsteen, 46, "over a vacuum cleaner, causing him to fall and have pain in his back."
That domestic battery charge was dropped, and so was another domestic battery case Blake Springsteen caught in July 2009. In that one, he again punched his younger brother, Seth Springsteen, in the head and the face, "multiple times with his fist," according to court papers.
Seth Springsteen was included in a protective order his mother, Jennifer Springsteen, 46, secured against Blake Springsteen in 2008. Blake Springsteen was charged with violating that order in connection with the alleged attack in July 2009, but that was dropped along with the domestic battery rap six days after the case was opened.
In her petition for the protective order, Jennifer Springsteen said she was "fearful of further abuse."
That fear allegedly became a reality March 4 when her son bound her, drove her to Crete, stabbed her and left her in a ditch. Jennifer Springsteen reportedly was taken to a south suburban hospital where she was in stable condition.
The one domestic battery case against Blake Springsteen that wasn't dismissed—the attack on his brother and mother in May 2008—ended with him pleading guilty and getting a sentence of court supervision. As part of that supervision, he was treated for anger management and impulse control, according to court papers. He attended therapy, took medication and was hospitalized twice "due to aggressive behavior," according to a letter in his court file from a clinical therapist.
Blake Springsteen was able to successfully complete his court supervision—in the eyes of the court—despite being expelled from a mandated domestic violence program. According to his court file, he lost his temper during a disagreement with the facilitator of the program over whether he had attended the required 26 weekly sessions.
Blake Springsteen "was upset and continued to talk under his breath" during the confrontation, said a letter from an official with the Choices Domestic Violence Program.
Blake Springsteen erupted in anger again when the facilitator asked him whether he completed his homework, the letter said. Blake Springsteen shouted an obscenity at the facilitator "and said to 'kiss his behind,'" the letter said.
He then grabbed a cordless phone and threw it, the letter said.
Blake Springsteen was at the Markham Courthouse Tuesday morning for his latest case, appearing briefly before returning to the Cook County Jail. He was scheduled to be back in court again Wednesday morning for a hearing.
He already appeared at the 26th Street courthouse in Chicago over the weekend but has yet to have his bail set.