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A Baltimore man convicted of manslaughter for setting himself on fire and holding onto his mother said he is continuing to comply with the court’s requirements during mental health court on Nov. 10 .
Genesis Collins Jr., 51, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Jan. 16, 2013.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Collins set himself on fire outside of his home on the 3800 block of Cottage Avenue on May 5, 2011, because he believed he owed money to drug dealers, triggering his outburst. Collins then held onto his 68-year-old mother, Audrey Collins, giving her severe burns.
An unknown person had to stab Collins multiple times to get him to let go, and his mother died four months later from complications.
On Wednesday, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin said she had heard Collins was doing well to which he replied that he is “continuing to do my best” and now has a job.
It was also noted that Collins’ therapist confirmed he is complying with all necessary requirements.
Judge Rasin scheduled Collins to return to mental health court for a status hearing on Dec. 22.Follow this case