A 14-year-old girl was accused of killing her grandmother in suburban Detroit, authorities said Saturday.
The girl, who was not named because she is a minor, faces first- and second-degree murder charges, the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Prosecutors allege that she fatally stabbed her grandmother, Cynthia Mosby, 65, in Canton Township and fled to a Southgate motel, about 20 miles away, where she was found by authorities Monday, the statement said.
“It is alleged that she planned the crime and that on February 21, 2021, the defendant killed her grandmother by stabbing her several times with a kitchen knife,” the office said.
Mosby had custody of the teen, prosecutors said. Her body was found Monday by her son, the girl’s father, they said. The girl was not there.
“The agents were directed to a bedroom of the house where they observed the lifeless body of the victim who was lying face down on the floor and suffered multiple stab wounds,” the office said.
An attorney for the suspect did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The girl was not charged as an adult, but will be “designated as an adult,” allowing a judge to convict her as an adult or minor or somewhere in between if convicted, prosecutors said.
“In this case, the 14-year-old girl is being designated as an adult because being found guilty gives the judge the most flexibility during sentencing to provide options for the rehabilitation of this troubled young man,” said the Wayne County prosecutor. , Kym Worthy, in the statement.
The girl’s mental health and her ability to understand the charges will be examined.
“Ms. Mosby was a nurse raising her granddaughter,” Worthy said. “Our prayers are with his son and his family.”
The Associated Press contributed.