Answers elusive in case of Darby man charged in Maryland with fatally running over his mother with van

Molin: Charged in mom's death
Molin: Charged in mom's death
Posted: September 04, 2010

How could this happen?

That's what the head of the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging wants to know, after Maryland authorities charged Darby Borough oddball Steven Molin with murdering his 85-year-old mother by running her over with his work van - as many as three times.

COSA Director Louis Colbert said yesterday that Emily Molin had been a client of the agency, but her case was closed in October. The courts appointed Guardian Services of Pennsylvania as her guardian.

She had been living at Sterling Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Media. Her son picked her up Tuesday and drove her to Maryland, where, police say, he killed her.

"You have the same question I had this morning: How could this occur?" Colbert said. "What did [Guardian Services] know about the son, and is it logical that they would allow him to take her out?"

Guardian Services provides assistance to older adults in the Philadelphia suburbs who are "unable to manage personal and financial affairs," according to its Web site. Company officials have not returned several phone calls from the Daily News seeking comment.

Steve Molin, 58, a self-employed contractor with a history of bizarre behavior, told police that his mother accidentally fell out of his moving vehicle shortly before midnight Tuesday while driving on Carey Road in Berlin, Md. He said he backed up after she fell.

"It was just an accident," he told a judge Thursday, according to the Maryland Coast Dispatch. "She suffered from Alzheimer's and was playing with the windows."

But Detective Cpl. Mike Lupiwok, of the Worcester County Sheriff's Office, said investigators concluded that she had been run over two or three times. "The investigation showed it was intentional," he said.

Colbert said that he was legally prohibited from discussing why Emily Molin had been a COSA client. Police and neighbors in Darby, where both Molins had lived for years, say their house on Summit Street was packed with junk and trash and was, at times, uninhabitable.

Steve Molin has had numerous brushes with the law, including a harassment conviction in February. He once accidentally set fire to a local dentist's office while doing plumbing work, according to police. In 1993, he was charged with stalking a Willingboro woman when he showed up at her house on Valentine's Day, uninvited, with flowers, cherry cheesecake and a bag of red peppers.

But several Darby residents who know Molin say they can't believe he would murder his mother.

"I don't think he would do something like that intentionally," said Terrence McKinney, 30, who has worked with Molin. "It could have just been a freak accident. It must have been dark or something."

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