Two sisters aged 12 and 14 have been accused of fatally stabbing and shooting their mother in southwest Mississippi.
Pike County police say relatives found 32-year-old Ericka Hall lying drenched in blood by the family’s mobile home in Magnolia just before midnight on Friday.
She had been stabbed multiple times and shot once in the chest with a small-caliber handgun inside the home before staggering outside.
‘She was stabbed in the back. The knife was still in her back,’ Robin Coney, the victim’s aunt, told WLBT.
‘The girls, when I drove up, they were like: “Tee Tee we didn’t do this.” And I was like: “OK, if y’all didn’t do it, where were y’all when the people that was doing it did it?”‘
Sheriff Kenny Cotton said deputies and paramedics tried to resuscitate Hall but were unsuccessful.
‘They found out the daughters — two teenagers, juveniles — allegedly did it,’ Cotton said.
The 14-year-old daughter, Amariyona Hall, has been charged with murder as an adult and is being held on $150,000 bond.
The 12-year-old, who is not being named because she is a minor, is being held at Adams County Juvenile Detention Center in Natchez.
Both girls will receive mental evaluations, authorities say. It wasn’t immediately clear whether either has a lawyer.
Under Mississippi law, children 13 and older accused of certain crimes are automatically charged as adults. Judges can later transfer cases to youth court.
Coney said Hall got in an argument with the two girls on Friday night.
Deputies heard that the girls had also tried to run her over with the family car earlier in the week, the Enterprise Journal reported.
When their mother punished them, they retaliated with Friday’s fatal attack.
She said the gun used in the murder belonged to Hall, and that she kept it stored in her car.
‘I guess when [the girls] were doing all that to her, she was probably trying to get to her gun to fight for her life,’ Coney said.
After the murder, the girls allegedly walked across the street to ask the neighbors for a ride to neighboring McComb because their grandmother had just died.
The neighbors called the mother but got no answer.
Coney said the girls then walked further down the road to a relative’s home.
Hall’s younger sister, Ebony, then went to the home and found the victim lying on her back near her car.
Hall, who worked as a poultry producer at Sanderson Farms, also had two other daughters, aged 16 and one.
SOURCE: AP / Daily Mail – Megan Sheets