Michele Baker Hayes

Michele Baker Hayes. Berkeley County Sheriff's Office/Provided

A Ladson woman faces an attempted murder charge after authorities allege she attempted to kill her disabled adult son. 

Berkeley County sheriff's officials said 65-year-old Michele Baker Hayes went to the Caromi Fire Department in Ladson on Wednesday afternoon and reported that she had tried several times to kill her son. 

A deputy spoke with Hayes, who said she'd given her son a "lethal dose of medication," according to an incident report. 

Hayes told investigators that on Wednesday, she put her son's feet in a bucket of water, plugged in a hair dryer, turned it on and put it in the bucket in an attempt to fatally electrocute him, according to an arrest affidavit.

Deputies and medical personnel responded to Hayes' residence on South University Drive and found the 48-year-old victim, who was transported to a local hospital. 

Hayes appeared in Berkeley County Bond Court Thursday where she was given $50,000 bail and ordered not to contact her son by the judge. 

She was his primary caretaker, and she had devoted her life to him, according to her defense attorney. He said her behavior was not representative of her feelings toward her son. 

Hayes' daughter spoke at the brief hearing and said her brother was in an accident 34 years ago and has been under home care ever since. The family made a commitment to keep him out of facilities because they thought he would receive better care from family members. She also said that despite her mother's bad choice, her mother still loves her son. 

Authorities said the man was in stable condition in an intensive care unit on Thursday. He is expected to make a full recovery, and will be released to family members. 

State Law Enforcement Division records show no prior arrests for Hayes in South Carolina. 

Sign up for our daily newsletter

Get the best of The Post and Courier, handpicked and delivered to your inbox every morning.


Reach Angie Jackson at 843-937-5705. Follow her on Twitter at @angiejackson23

Angie Jackson covers crime and breaking news for The Post and Courier. She previously covered the same beat for the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Angie enjoys teaching yoga and exploring the outdoors.

Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.