Front Page Detectives

Texas woman allegedly attempted to save mother’s life with CPR after she fatally stabbed her

Source: Houston police; Unsplash

Aug. 19 2021, Published 3:31 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

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.

Article continues below advertisement

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.

Article continues below advertisement

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.

Article continues below advertisement

“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.


Become a Front Page Detective

Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.

More Stories

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES™️. A DIVISION OF EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP INC. FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.