A Texas woman was arrested after she allegedly smashed a window, broke into her mother’s apartment and stabbed her to death with a butcher knife.
On Aug. 16, Houston police said they were called twice to the home of Terri Mendoza, 51 — once at 3 p.m. for a disturbance call and again 30 minutes later for a welfare check.
A responding officer advised Mendoza’s allegedly intoxicated daughter, Ericka Nicole McDonald, 29,be arrested for assault and child endangerment, but prosecutors declined due to lack of evidence, KTRK-TV reported.
Fewer than six hours later, at 9 p.m., McDonald, who lived with her three children in an apartment above her mother, allegedly broke a window. She then entered her mother’s home wearing a mask and stabbed Mendoza.
McDonald allegedly also knifed her 63-year-old aunt six times, relatives claimed.
According to Houston’s KTRK, McDonald’s children ran to a neighbor’s house for help and may have witnessed the attack on their grandmother and great aunt.
The station reported McDonald unsuccessfully attempted to perform CPR on her mother after the stabbing and then fled. She later returned and claimed she had nothing to do with the crime, police said.
The suspect’s mother,Mendoza, died at an area hospital. The aunt underwent surgery for her injuries and is expected to recover.
“Officers located the knife after they were granted permission to go inside the defendant's residence,” an official told the court during a hearing following the murder, according to KTRK. “They found the knife that was used, and they found clothes and shoes, indicating her involvement in these two offenses.”
McDonald faces charges of murder and burglary with intent to commit a felony. A judge set her bond at $650,000 — $500,000 for the murder charge and $150,000 for the burglary charge.