A 14-year-old girl in Michigan stabbed her grandmother to death with a kitchen knife, authorities say.
On Feb. 21, the body of Cynthia Mosby, 65, was discovered by her son, also the father of the accused young girl. Mosby was found lying face down on the floor, suffering from multiple stab wounds, according to prosecutors.
Her grandmother had custody of the child at the time of her death. The family lived in a suburb of Detroit.
The teen planned the crime in advance, according to Wayne County prosecutors.
The accused was not present when the body was discovered. After the alleged murder, she checked into a nearby motel.
The day following the crime, on Feb. 22, investigators found her at the motel and took the teen into custody. She was charged with first- and second-degree murder in connection to the death.
The 14-year-old is not being charged as an adult, prosecutors said. Instead, she has been adult designated, which allows the judge the option of sentencing her as a juvenile or an adult. Because she was not charged as an adult, officials have not released her name.
They can also fashion a “blended juvenile” punishment with the option of imposing an adult sentence if the juvenile is not rehabilitated.
“In this case the 14-year-old girl is being adult designated because upon conviction it gives the judge the most flexibility during sentencing to provide options for rehabilitation of this very troubled youth,” said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
“The fatal stabbing of Ms. Mosby is very sad and disturbing. Ms. Mosby was a nurse who was raising her granddaughter. Our prayers go out to her son and family,” Worthy said.
"We extend our deepest condolences to Cynthia Mosby's family,” said Canton Director of Police Services Chad Baugh. “Our police officers and detectives have worked tirelessly to identify the tragic circumstances of her death. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's analysis and charging decisions were invaluable following this challenging set of facts.”