Slashing suspects sit tight in juvenile detention
Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.
The teenage boy and girl charged in a throat-slashing attack on the girl’s mother Sunday morning will stay in juvenile detention for the time being, a judge ruled Monday.
The teens, dressed in yellow jumpsuits, showed little emotion and politely responded to Circuit Judge David Eddy’s questions with simple “Yes, sir” and “No, sir,” answers.
The boy, 15, cast a quick glance at the girl, 13, before he was led away by a bailiff.
The boy and the girl are each being held on one count of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. The names of the suspects and the victims are not being published by the Sun due to the defendants’ ages.
The boy, who is accused of slashing the woman, was accompanied by his mother. She told the judge she is employed at a horse farm and has two other children. Eddy appointed a public defender to represent the boy.
The girl also was assigned a public defender after Eddy noted he was not going to have her parents bear the responsibility of hiring an attorney.
Both of the teens told Marion County Sheriff’s Office investigators that they plotted to kill the girl’s parents so they could be together, according to reports. The parents were against the relationship and had confrontations in the past, including one where the woman reportedly hit the boy with a stick, according to reports.
The plan was brewing for some time, but on Saturday night the pair decided to act, authorities say. Just after 5 a.m. Sunday, the girl woke her mother saying she heard noises in the garage. When the woman opened the door, the 15-year-old boy confronted her and struck the woman on the right side of the neck with a knife he had selected from the kitchen earlier, reports state.
The 15-year-old then went to the master bedroom, where he held the knife to the girl’s father’s throat and threatened to cut him as well, according to reports.
The man was not injured.
The husband and wife were able to convince the 15-year-old to take the woman to the hospital, by promising the two teens they could be together, according to reports.
After taking the woman to the hospital and making her promise not to sue him, the boy returned to the home to get the woman’s identification, reports state. The girl, who later told detectives she let the boy into the home the first time through a sliding glass door, rode with him back to the hospital, reports state.
On Monday afternoon, the well-manicured northwest Marion County home where the attack happened was quiet. Those inside declined to comment. A woman and a small child were seen pulling into the driveway and entering the house.
Television news crews were posted in front of the home shooting video.
The injured woman first was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where she underwent surgery.
The woman is a physical therapy assistant at ORMC, according to reports. ORMC spokeswoman Suzanne Santangelo said Monday that the hospital was not releasing any information about the woman or her condition.
The teens are scheduled for arraignment on March 18.