Daughter charged with brutally killing father in Mt. Morris Township

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MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (5/15/2018) - Ameera Stokes has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder in her father's death.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said the two got into a fight at some point Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

Leyton said 18-year-old Stokes ended up hitting her father in the head with a hammer four to five times. She then stabbed him in the chest, killing him.

"The defendant called 911 and said that something had occurred and gave a pretty vivid description of what had occurred, described herself and said that she'd be standing out on the front porch," Leyton said. "And, when Mt. Morris Township Police arrived, she in fact was standing on the front porch."

Stokes was arrested on scene, around 5:30 a.m. Mother's Day morning.

When, the 18-year-old was charged in Flint District Court on Tuesday, she was only wearing a blanket. It's believed Stokes is on suicide watch.

Leyton said when police went into her father's home on West Genesee Road just off of Saginaw Street in Mt. Morris Township, they found the 53-year-old man's body lying on the steps to the basement.

Leyton said it appears after she allegedly killed him, Stokes dragged her father towards the basement and tried to push him down the stairs.

Leyton cannot comment on what the argument was about that led to the alleged murder.

Court records show Stokes lived in Muncie, Indiana, with her mom, but Leyton said she'd been living in Genesee County visiting her dad for a little less than a month.

"Murder is a heinous crime. I think it's especially heinous when a child kills a parent. I don't know what else I could say," Leyton said.

Lt. Matthew Lasky of the Mt. Morris Township Police Department said the situation is tragic.

"It's sad that these things can't be worked out with words and it had to come to this," he said.

Stokes was not given bond at her hearing Tuesday. She will be held at the Genesee County Jail as her case continues.



 
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