A 14-year-old girl has been charged with the murder of her grandmother in the suburbs of Detroit, authorities said on Saturday.
The girl, who was not named because she was a minor, faces charges of first- and second-degree murder, the Wayne County Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Prosecutors say she fatally stabbed her 65-year-old grandmother, Cynthia Mosby, in the city of Canton and fled to the Southgate Motel, about 20 miles away, where she was found by authorities on Monday, the statement said.
“It is alleged that she planned the crime and that on February 21, 2021, the respondent killed her grandmother by stabbing her several times with a kitchen knife,”
Mosby had custody of the teenager, prosecutors said. Her body was found Monday by her son, the girl’s father, they said. The girl was not there.
“Officers were directed to a bedroom in the home, where they observed the lifeless body of the victim lying face down on the floor, suffering from multiple stab wounds,” the office said.
The suspect’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The girl has not been charged as an adult, but will be “determined to be an adult”, which allows the judge to convict her as an adult or a minor or somewhere in the middle if convicted, a prosecutor said.
“In this case, the 14-year-old girl has been declared an adult because, after conviction, she gives the judge the greatest flexibility during sentencing to provide opportunities for the rehabilitation of this very troubled youth,” Wayne County Attorney said in a statement.
The girl’s mental health and ability to understand the allegations will be examined.
“Mrs. Mosby was a nurse raising her granddaughter,” Worth said. “Our prayers are addressed to her son and family.”
Associated Press contributed.