Gresham mom unfit for trial in death of teen son

Dianne Michelle Davidoff has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation

Dianne Davidoff in her first court appearance for allegedly shooting and killing her 17-year-old son in Gresham, Sept. 28, 2015 (KOIN)
Dianne Davidoff in her first court appearance for allegedly shooting and killing her 17-year-old son in Gresham, Sept. 28, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Gresham mother accused of shooting her teenage son to death is unfit to aid and assist in her own her defense, according to a Multnomah County judge.

Dianne Michelle Davidoff has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Davidoff, 42, is charged with one count of murder and unlawful use of a firearm after her 17-year-old son was found with a gunshot wound to the back on September 24.

A newly unsealed affadavit of probable cause shows Davidoff’s mother called 911 shortly after 7:30 p.m. and told them to come to the 2800 block of SE Rosefinch Drive.

Davidoff’s mother told emergency dispatchers the boy was down and that she was starting CPR. When Gresham police got to the house, they continued to perform CPR.

Jacob Davidoff in an undated courtesy photo provided by his family
Jacob Davidoff in an undated courtesy photo provided by his family

The body of Jacob Davidoff was found lying at the top of the stairway on the second floor. Dianne Davidoff was with her mother in the master bedroom, according to records. Officers saw a black fanny pack sitting on the bed with bullets lying next to it. A silver Ruger SP101 .38 caliber revolver was also recovered at the scene.

One of the responding officers told detectives that while he was performing CPR, he heard Davidoff state “I killed my Jakey! I can’t believe I killed my Jakey!” court documents state.

When Davidoff was asked by the officers who shot the boy, she reportedly said “I did,” according to court documents. Davidoff was then overheard talking to herself and stated “Why did I do that? Why did I hurt him? Why did I kill my baby!?”

At a hearing held Wednesday, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge determined Dianne Davidoff was unable to aid and assist in her own defense. She has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

In a statement to KOIN 6 News, Davidoff’s attorneys, Martha Spinhirne and Casey Kovacic, said, “While we appreciate your commitment to presenting the full story of what happened that night, we will not be commenting while this case in pending.”

There will be a status hearing on the case in December, according to records.

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