EL MONTE, Calif. (TCD) — Officials have arrested and charged a 25-year-old woman accused of stabbing her mother to death over the weekend.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Tuesday, Oct. 24, that his office charged Kimberly Gonzalez with one count of murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing death of her mother, Jacqueline Perez, at her home.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday, Oct. 22, shortly before 5 p.m., El Monte Police officers responded to the 11000 block of Ranchito Street to a report of a stabbing. The District Attorney’s Office said officers found Gonzalez outside the home “covered in blood,” and they apprehended her at the scene.
Police entered the residence and found Perez suffering from multiple stab wounds. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
The District Attorney’s Office alleges Gonzalez used a knife to kill her mother.
The victim’s brother told KABC-TV he did not know what led up to the stabbing. He reportedly heard a scream and observed his 11-year-old nephew come out yelling for help with his shirt covered in blood.
KABC reports that neighbors said the family was celebrating a small child’s birthday that weekend, and a “Happy Birthday” banner was still outside the home with bloody footprints on the driveway.
In a statement, Gascón said, “This was an extraordinarily violent act which has had a profound impact on our community. We are fully committed to seeking justice on behalf of the victim and our dedicated team will work tirelessly to bring clarity and closure to this heartbreaking case.”
Gonzalez’s bail was set at $2 million, and she faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted.
According to KABC, Gonzalez allegedly struggled with drugs, and her mother was raising her two grandchildren.
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