A 14-year-old girl (Amariyona Hall) and her 12 year old sister are charged with murdering their mother, according to the Pike County Sheriff's Department.
Amariyona Hall, who is pictured above, is charged as an adult despite being only 14 years old, authorities said. Her 12-year-old sister being charged as a juvenile, authorities said.
On Friday police were called to the home of Erica Hall, who was found lying in the front yard, authorities said. Erica was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police claim.
Erica is believed to have punished her two daughters by taking away their cell phones, the local news reported.
The girls allegedly retaliated against their mom, with a bullet to the chest and a knife in the back.
“She was stabbed in the back. The knife was still in her back,” the victim’s aunt Robin Coney told local news.
Emergency workers tried to resuscitate Hall, whose relatives found her bloodied outside her home just minutes earlier, but she could not be saved. Investigators then zeroed in on Hall’s daughters, Pike County Sheriff Kenny Cotton told the McComb Enterprise Journal.
“They found out the daughters — two teenagers, juveniles — allegedly did it,” Cotton said, adding that both girls are scheduled for mental evaluations. “They’re charged with murder and we’re going to apply the law.”
“The girls, when I drove up, they were like ‘Tee Tee we didn’t do this,’” she said. “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?’”
Erica then staggered outside after being shot and stabbed, and was later discovered by her sister.
This grisly crime occurred in Magnolia, Miss.
Cotton said deputies reported that Friday’s attack followed an incident days earlier in which the girls tried to run Hall over with the family’s car. That prompted Hall to punish her daughters, leading them to respond with the fatal assault, according to investigators.
“With something like that, she should have made charges and had them arrested then,” Cotton said of the earlier alleged assault.