Two sisters ages 12 and 14 have been charged with killing their mother in a horrifying bloody attack in southwest Mississippi.
32-year-old Ericka Hall was found lying drenched in blood at the family’s mobile home in Magnolia just before midnight on Friday.
She was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Her family says she died after being shot and stabbed by her daughters, ages 12 and 14.
She had been stabbed multiple times and shot once in the chest with a small-calibre handgun inside the home before staggering outside. She was also stabbed in the back, with the knife still sticking out of her back when she was found by relatives.
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?”
They found out the daughters — two teenagers, juveniles — allegedly did it.
Sisters 12 and 14 charged with stabbing and fatally shooting their mother
The 14-year-old daughter, Amariyona Hall (pictured in the mugshot above), has been charged with murder as an adult and is being held at Pike County Jail on $150,000 bond.
The 12-year-old, who is not been named because she is a minor, is being held at Adams County Juvenile Detention Center in Natchez. Both girls will receive mental evaluations.
Under Mississippi law, children 13 and older accused of certain crimes are automatically charged as adults. Judges can later transfer cases to youth court.
The victim’s aunt said the victim 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.
Neighbours said Hall was killed days after she took away her daughters’ cellphones. Because 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.
After the murder, the girls allegedly walked across the street to ask the neighbours for a ride to neighbouring McComb because their grandmother had just died. Coney said the girls then walked further down the road to a relative’s home.
Hall’s aunt Robin Coney told WLBT-TV, “She was stabbed in the back. The knife was still in her back.”
According to Pike County Coroner Jason Jones, Hall was stabbed multiple times in her upper torso and back, also suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.
Deputies arrested her 14- and 12-year-old daughters.
Amariyona Hall, 14, was charged as an adult with murder.
Family members say Hall was home alone with the two girls Friday night when an argument occurred.
“It was her gun. It was in her car, so they had got it out,” Coney explained. “So I guess when they were doing all that to her she was probably trying to get to her gun to fight for her life.”
According to the Enterprise-Journal, deputies heard that the children tried to run over Hall with the family car earlier in the week.
She punished the girls after that incident. Neighbours told ABC affiliate WAPT-TV Hall was killed days after she took away her daughters’ cellphones.
Hall is also the mother of a 16-year-old and a 1-year-old.
Coroner Jones said an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.
Amariyona is being held in the Pike County Jail on a $150,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for January 22
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