6-Year-Old Fatally Stabbed By Mother After Her Parental Rights Had Been Terminated

A mother in Florida has been accused of stabbing her 6-year-old daughter to death.

Purkanah Mayo, 36, is being held without bond on a single second-degree murder count due to killing a girl on August 19th.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirms the allegations against Mayo but did not name the defendant’s daughter as the victim.

A GoFundMe campaign was started to help cover the girl’s funeral costs. The 6-year-old name was Atarah.

Atarah is described as a “bright young girl with a contagious smile and a huge heart,” on the site.

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Mayo appeared before a judge last Saturday but did not enter a plea to the charge against her.

She is due back in court on Sept. 21. According to News4Jax, Atarah was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife.

Afterward, Mayo allegedly stabbed herself with the same knife.

The incident happened in a home that Mayo does not live in. Police allege she went to the house on August 19 and attacked her child while six other individuals were in the house.

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Atarah was then rushed to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries.

Mayo was also taken to the hospital where she was listed in critical condition for multiple days and later recovered from self-inflicted wounds.

Mayo’s parental rights had been terminated according to News4Jax, who cited a report it obtained from the Department of Children and Families

The report indicates the fatal incident occurred while Mayo was “visiting at the child’s home.”

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