Man charged in Farmington Hills beatings, murder has violent past with parents in Westland

According to Westland police report, 20-year-old Mitchell Young beat his father in defense of his mother

Published On: Apr 20 2012 05:58:37 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2012 08:51:15 PM EDT
PONTIAC, Mich. -

A young man charged in the Farmington Hills family attack lived in an environment of alcohol and violence, Local 4 has learned.

Mitchell Young is charged along with 19-year-old Tucker Cipriano in the murder of Tucker’s father, Bob, and for critically injuring Tucker's mother, Rose, and younger brother, Sal, in an attack early Monday morning at the Cipriano home in Farmington Hills.

Since the attack and charges, more has been learned about Mitchell Young's past.

A December 2011 Westland police report details how Mitchell Young tied up and beat his father Todd Young to protect his mother Jennifer Young, who had been beaten.

Read: Westland police report on Young family

According to the police report, Mitchell Young arrived home at 4 a.m. that December morning to find his father drunk and his mother beaten.

The report says Mitchell used duct tape, speaker wire and rope to tie his father’s hands and ankles together after he fell asleep on the couch. When he went to check on his mother he heard his father trying to get up while still tied up. Mitchell then beat Todd in the face and head and kicked him several times.

Jennifer Young had a swollen face and back injuries, according to the report.

She declined medical treatment and declined to press charges against her husband, according to the report.

Mitchell called police. When officers arrived at the home, Jennifer told them she had been hit before and the last time Mitchell said, "The next time he does this, I’ll kill him," according to the police report.

According to the report, the couple split and moved out of the Westland home this past year.

A picture attached to the report shows Todd Young after he was arrested.

Jennifer saw her son Mitchell crying Wednesday when he was told by the judge he was charged with murder.

The family's then next-door neighbor, Dennis Deedler, said he went to Vegas with the parents years ago.

Now, with the news of Mitchell’s charges, Deedler said it's too close to home.