Authorities in Michigan say an 18-year-old woman is blaming her father’s bullying for motivating her to kill him earlier this month.
According to Fox News, Ameera Corena Stokes was arrested on Monday on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with 53-year-old Donald Stokes’ death.
The victim was found dead inside of his Mt. Morris Township home of multiple injuries believed to have been inflicted the previous day. His killer reportedly stabbed him in the chest and beat him in the head with a hammer.
Police reports indicate the suspect told investigators that she and her father had an acrimonious relationship.
As the Star Press reported, the circumstances and allegations surrounding this case have sparked media coverage around the world.
According to Mt. Morris Township Police Chief Terence Green, the evidence suggests “they had a disagreement about some life issues and that basically is what ignited the situation.”
The suspect’s mother confirmed reports that the victim “would tease her about being fat” and otherwise belittled her, according to WJRT.
“He was very verbally abusive,” Gretchen L. Brasher said, adding that Donald Stokes “would like let [Ameera Stokes] have an apple for dessert while everybody else was having something better.”
Following her arrest, Stokes was booked into Genesee County Jail, where she was being held without bond as of the latest police reports available.
“That’s my daughter,” an emotional Brasher said. “I raised a person that’s capable of such horrific murder I just can’t believe it,” Brasher cried.”
[Featured image: Ameera Stokes/Genesee County Sheriff’s Office]