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.
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.
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.
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.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.