Boy, 4, killed in St. Petersburg stabbing, mother charged - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Boy, 4, killed in St. Petersburg stabbing, mother charged

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ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - A young boy was killed in Jordan Park in St. Petersburg at the hands of his own mother, police say.

St. Petersburg Police say they are investigating the stabbing death of 4-year-old Joseph Artis at the Jordan Park Apartments, located at 2427 13 Avenue South.

Police say the incident happened around 6 p.m. Police on patrol were called over by neighbor, who heard the boy's grandmother screaming. When police arrived, they saw 40-year-old Tasha Trotter, holding Joseph, suffering from multiple stab wounds on his upper body and neck, outside of the home.

Officers attempted CPR on the child and he was transported to Bayfront Hospital where he was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later.

Officers quickly learned from the child's grandmother, Carolyn Trotter, who is the legal guardian, that Tasha Trotter had been responsible for stabbing the child and she was quickly taken into custody without incident. Tasha Trotter is charged with first-degree murder.

Police say Trotter's mother has had custody of the boy for the past three years.  Detectives say Trotter was apparently waiting on the front porch of the apartment when the grandmother arrived home with Joseph, possibly coming home from picking him up from daycare.

The grandmother reported that Trotter appeared to be acting odd and has history of some mental health problems. Then for reasons unknown and without provocation, police say Trotter suddenly grabbed a knife from the kitchen and then quickly proceeded to another room where Joseph was and began stabbing him repeatedly.

The grandmother tried to intervene without success and the relative ran outside to get help.

Neighbor, Stephanie Brown says she saw the little boy, lifeless, on the ground.

"When I got there cried, and I had to leave because I couldn't understand why a bunch of people were standing out here, making like this was a game, everybody was showing up like this was a party," she said.

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