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The Silver Spring man whom police believe stabbed his 50-year-old mother to death after she argued with him will have his mental state evaluated at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital, a judge ruled today.

Fidel Washington, 25, of Mount Pisgah Road was arrested on June 28 and charged with first-degree murder after police discovered Esperanza Valle’s body about 8 a.m. Officers found the body in the main living room of her eighth-floor apartment at the Chateau Apartment Homes, according to police records.

Police had gone to the apartment to check on Valle after a concerned coworker contacted police after not hearing from Valle for several days, said Capt. Jim Daly, a police spokesman, after Washington’s initial arrest.

Washington was also in the apartment, cleaning his room, according to the documents.

Police took him to a squad car outside until a detective arrived at about 10 a.m.

Washington and his mother had argued about him not having a job, police said.

“Washington stated stabbing his mother was a way to control her,” wrote Detective Mike Carin in Washington’s arresting documents.

According to the records, Washington told investigators he stabbed his mother between 40 and 50 times.

After his arrest, a doctor evaluated him at the Montgomery County jail. The doctor recommended further evaluation at the Perkins Hospital in Jessup. His preliminary hearing scheduled for July 26 was moved to Aug. 30.