Horrific Turn: Pennsylvania Teen's Violent Rampage Ends In Family Tragedy

By Lisa Pelgin | Wednesday, 03 April 2024 10:30 AM
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In a shocking incident in Pennsylvania, a 13-year-old girl, Lataya Powell, has been accused of fatally assaulting her mother and injuring her younger brother.

As reported by the New York Post, Powell confessed to the police, "I'm the reason my mom is dead."

The authorities arrived at a residence on South Sherman Street in Wilkes-Barre around midday, where Powell allegedly admitted to her violent actions. The criminal complaint quotes Powell as saying, “I killed my mom and she’ll never forgive me if she is alive."

The victim, Tameeka Tucker, mother of the accused, sustained severe injuries to her head and torso. Powell's 11-year-old brother was found on the couch, suffering from non-life-threatening stab wounds in his back, as per another report.

The Daily Mail suggested that the violent altercation was triggered when Tucker confiscated Powell's phone. Powell confirmed to the authorities, "I don't have my phone because my mom took it before our fight." The exact reason behind the escalation to violence remains unclear.

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Powell was subsequently arrested and charged as an adult with homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, and tampering with evidence. Despite the absence of a weapon at the crime scene, the police discovered padlocks on the kitchen drawers and cabinets in the house.

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Powell reportedly told the police that she had discarded the knife on a neighbor's doorstep. She reiterated, "I'm the reason my mom is dead," adding, "I don't know how people can do stuff like this and not feel bad about it."

When questioned about her feelings post the attack, Powell responded with, "Regret, guilt, and self-disgust."

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The neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, was working in his backyard when the incident occurred. He expressed his relief at not being present during the attack and hoped that Powell would receive the necessary help. He said, “I’m just thankful I wasn’t out here because you never know what could’ve happened, but I look at it that something good could come out of this and that she can get the help she needs,” adding, “My prayers go out to the family and I’m sorry this happened."

Powell is currently detained at the Luzerne County Jail, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 10.

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