15-year-old charged with capital murder in Limestone County double homicide investigation

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - A 15-year-old girl has been charged with two counts of capital murder in Limestone County. Investigators say a 19-year-old girl and her mother were stabbed to death by the 15-year-old, who is a family member, early Wednesday morning in the Lester community.

The teen was hospitalized with self-inflicted stab wounds.

Because the suspect is a juvenile, no further information will be released at this time.

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office identified the victims Wednesday afternoon as Rosa Lee Maldonado, 19, and Rosa Aminta Maldonado, 44.

"We received a call a little after 1:00 this morning from what we believe is one of the victims here in the residence saying her sister was trying to stab her," said LCSO spokesman Stephen Young.

Sheriff Mike Blakely described the 911 call as "one of the worst calls" he has listened to in his 47-year career in law enforcement.

"You've got two individuals in the process of being murdered, screaming, asking for help and asking the assailant to please stop," he described. "Someone who speaks fluent Spanish is helping us dissect some of the Spanish that was spoken in the tape."

Deputies responded to the mobile home in the 10000 block of West Schoolhouse Road and found the Maldonados fatally stabbed, as well as the 15-year-old suspect, who deputies said was stabbing herself in the head and neck when emergency crews arrived.

"She was stabbing herself with a huge butcher knife," Sheriff Blakely said.

The suspect was taken to Huntsville Hospital to be treated for her stab wounds. Blakely said Wednesday evening that she was stable and not expected to stay in the hospital very long.

"We've had recent prior dealings with [the suspect] on several occasions," said Young. "[LCSO] had instances with trouble with her and the family in the past, in the recent past."  Blakely later added that the calls to the home previously were not significant.

Deputies were on the scene for several hours collecting evidence in this case. Blakely said the work will continue later to track down people who know the suspect, including her father from Houston, Texas, and friends she may have had at school.

"We'll be talking to some people in the school where she attended," he said. "We will be talking with some other family members who live in this area."

They also want to hear directly from her.

"Depending on her condition and if she is released, investigators will want to talk to the lady in the hospital," said Young.

But Sheriff Blakely says he isn't as interested in the "why" part of this as many people who read this article could be.

"Whatever explanation is not a reason or justification for something like this," Blakely said. "I want to know who, what, where, when, and how." He added, "This is a horrific crime, whether you are 15 or 50 years old. People shouldn't be doing something like this."

"It's really a sad, sad situation," Blakely summarized.