Boy, 4, killed in St. Petersburg stabbing, mother charged
Posted in the Rochester Forum
#1 Jul 25, 2014
TASHA, guess who's name this belongs to.
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.
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