Man suspected of assaulting mother, causing life-threatening injuries

<p><p>A woman in her late 70s is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after her son allegedly assaulted her early Friday morning in Spokane Valley, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release.</p></p><p><p>The suspect, Edward Leavens, 56, has not been located.</p></p><p><p>One of the woman’s other sons reportedly found his mother bloodied – apparently beaten – around 3:35 a.m. at a residence on the 9300 block of East Cataldo Avenue.</p></p><p><p>Leavens is believed to have left the residence prior to the woman’s other son discovering her and calling 911, the release said.</p></p><p><p>Deputies believe Leavens is on foot and investigators said they are concerned for his safety because of his alcohol abuse and mental health history.</p></p><p><p>Leavens is described as white, about 6 feet, 200 to 250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen without a shirt and wearing gray shorts. Leavens is known to frequent the businesses and parking lots in the area of Sprague Avenue and Farr Road, the release said.</p></p><p><p>If you have information about the incident or know of Leavens’ location, call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 and reference No. 10120867.</p></p>