A Chicago mother and her 13-year-old daughter have been charged with first-degree murder after the latter reportedly stabbed a 15-year-old girl to death, reports the Chicago Tribune.
On Saturday, De’kayla Dansberry, 15, was stabbed in full public view in front of a housing complex after a fight broke out between her and Tamika Gayden’s 13-year-old daughter, whose identity has not been made public since she is a minor.
Although Chicago police did not give details about what exactly instigated the tragic episode, Cook County prosecutor Christina Hake told a juvenile court on Tuesday that an overwhelming amount of evidence, including videos of the gruesome incident, exists against Tamika’s teenage daughter.
The teen suspect, Hake informed the court, attempted to wash Dansberry’s blood off the knife when she got home and repeatedly confessed to having killed her in the presence of witnesses.
“I killed her. I killed her,” the young suspect repeatedly claimed.
Footage from a cellphone showed that a fight broke out between Dansberry and the teen suspect at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night in the 6500 block of South King Drive. Another witness told the police that the teen suspect left her house with the intention to fight it out with Dansberry but was “panicking” upon return as she tried to dispose of the murder weapon, according to Fox 32.
She attempted to wash the blood off the knife, all the while claiming that she had stabbed Dansberry to death during the fight.
The Chicago mother and her daughter later turned themselves in to the police, and on Tuesday, both of them were charged with the first-degree murder of De’kayla Dansberry, while the mother was also charged with felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Appearing in the court yesterday, the 13-year-old girl accused of killing De’kayla spoke slowly when the judge asked whether she understood the case against her. The girl’s public defender said that she is a seventh-grader with no criminal background.
De’kayla was an honor student and a star athlete at Johnson College Prep charter school. Her mother, Sheila Dansberry, trembled as the prosecutor relived the horror of her daughter’s death in court on Tuesday. She expressed shock at the teen suspect’s age but said that her mother deserved to be punished for instigating the murder of her child.
“A 13-year-old girl. I don’t know what to say. It’s just devastating. A baby too. But the parent was supposed to [have] handed her the knife, so she’s locked up, too, and that’s good.”
Dansberry’s father, Julian Glanton, said he wasn’t sure what could have caused the fight that led to his daughter’s death.
“I’m sure it was probably just children, like kid stuff. But it shouldn’t have escalated to where someone was stabbed or anything like that. I’m just lost for words.I don’t know what to say.”
The present case of the Chicago mother providing her daughter with a weapon to kill De’kayla is chillingly similar to the 2014 murder of Endia Martin, a 14-year-old fatally shot by another girl during a quarrel over a boy. In that case, the suspect’s uncle provided her with the.38 special that was allegedly used to kill Endia. The uncle was sentenced to 100 years in prison in March this year.
Both cases, as much as they reveal the extent to which trivial teenage fights can go to, highlight the need for better parenting in our society.
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