The Journal Gazette
Saturday, October 27, 2018 1:00 am

Coroner rules mother strangled

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A woman who was allegedly killed at the hands of her own son died from strangulation, the Allen County coroner ruled Friday.

About 1 a.m. Wednesday, Joy Steiss, 64, of the 2800 block of Stanford Avenue on the city's northwest side, was taken to a hospital in critical condition after police found her unconscious and unresponsive at her home. She died at the hospital.

Emergency room doctors reported that Steiss had been beaten and strangled, court records said.

She is Allen County's 38th homicide victim this year.

Her son, Jason Steiss, 34, of the same address, immediately identified himself as the killer to law enforcement. He was taken into custody and remains at Allen County Jail.

He told officers that he'd beaten, bitten, punched and choked his mother, court documents said.

He was charged Thursday with aggravated battery resulting in serious permanent disfigurement and domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and has a court appearance Tuesday when charges could change.

Joy Steiss was a graduate of Carroll High School and the daughter of the late Richard and Ethel Silvers.

A local obituary said Joy enjoyed knitting and spending time with her grandchildren. Besides Jason, she has two surviving children – a son and a daughter – and a brother. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at D.O. McComb and Sons on Dupont Road. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, also at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family at

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