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Detroit mom sentenced in stabbing murder of 8-year-old daughter

Child Protective Services tried unsuccessfully to have the little girl removed from the mother’s home only 5 weeks before her murder.
Child Protective Services tried unsuccessfully to have the little girl removed from the mother’s home only 5 weeks before her murder.
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In a tragic tale highlighting a failed child welfare system, a 29-year-old Detroit mother, Semeria Greene, was sentenced on April 7 for the December, 2012 stabbing murder of her 8-year-old daughter. The little girl was killed about a month after a failed attempt to have her removed from the mother’s Detroit home.

The Michigan Department of Human Services tried to remove the young victim, Tameria Greene, and her four siblings from that mother’s home in 2010, and again on Nov. 28, 2012, according to The Huffington Post.

But court Referee Richard Smart declined, suggesting instead that their mother should move out or place the children elsewhere.

The state didn't appeal. Tameria was killed five weeks later.

Greene pleaded guilty last month to a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her 8-year-old daughter.

Today, Wayne County Judge Margaret Van Houten sentenced Greene to a minimum of 23 years in prison before she becomes eligible for parole. Her maximum penalty could have been 50 years behind bars.

CBS News in Detroit shared that Tameria’s 4-year-old brother told police he saw his mother kill his older sister. Court documents quoted the 4-year-old as saying that his mother “had a big knife and cut his sister and his mother killed Ti-Ti.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found Tameria unresponsive, lying in a pool of blood, and surrounded by three bloody kitchen knives. Tameria was pronounced dead at the hospital and her mother arrested.

The hospital told police Tameria also had bruises, possible bite marks and scratches on her face. - The Daily Mail

Ultimately, the little girl died from a stab wound to her chest, according to the medical examiner’s findings.

Greene has four other children, all boys, that are now all “in the care of the state.”

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