Orlando, Florida: Rosa Rivera, a woman stabbed her 11-year-old daughter to death more than a dozen times Sunday because the girl smiled “different,” causing the mother to think her child was having sex, authorities said.
Rosa Rivera, 28, then drove Aleyda Rivera to Winnie Palmer Hospital, where Rivera was detained by hospital security after wielding a purple-handled pocket knife soaked with blood.
“My baby is gone,” Rivera told first responders, according to her arrest report. Aleyda had 15 stab wounds to her back and a defensive wound to her right arm, authorities said.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina is expected to speak about the case 2:30 p.m. today. Check back later this afternoon for updates.
Authorities determined the incident started at a home on the 5700 block of Citadel Drive, where witnesses said Rivera arrived about 7:30 a.m. and began pounding on the door, accusing a man there of having sex with her daughter, deputies said.
The child denied having sex with anyone, the witnesses told authorities.
In an interview by detectives, Rivera initially denied stabbing her daughter, but eventually admitted to doing it “to prevent her from having sex with other men,” the report said.
“Rivera stated she stabbed her daughter while in the car, and while stabbing her she was attempting to make her more comfortable,” an investigator wrote in an arrest report.
Rivera told deputies she believed her daughter was in heaven.
She told authorities she never saw her daughter having sex, nor did her daughter tell her she was having sex. Rivera had a superficial cut to her arm when she was taken into custody which she said was self-inflicted.
NEW: “I thought I was going to jail.” Rosa Rivera, mother of an 11-year-old found dead with stab wounds in the back of her car at Winnie Palmer earlier today, was just taken away from the @OrangeCoSheriff in a cruiser. Working to confirm if she is headed to jail for processing. pic.twitter.com/E9q5VdT4mq
— Deanna Allbrittin (@deannaTVnews) March 10, 2019
Rivera is facing a first-degree murder charge. She’s being held without bail in the Orange County Jail.
Her family answered the door of their Citadel Drive home but declined to speak with a reporter.
“We’re doing OK,” said a male relative who answered the door with two women close behind him. The Hunter Green one-story home with white trim had a wrought-iron gate with the last name “Rivera” hung in gold letters. A yellow moving truck sat in the driveway.
Rivera did not answer questions shouted by reporters as she was transferred from the Sheriff’s Office to the Orange County Jail.