Ty’Aisa Jackson, 14, rejected a plea deal Wednesday and will now face life in prison for stabbing her 2-year-old sister to death, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
She will be tried as an adult.
As previously reported by NewsOne, the Dekalb County, Georgia teen, who was 13-years-old at the time, was reportedly babysitting her younger, Sasha Lamaya Ray, and her other siblings when the murder occurred on November 19, 2012.
Jackson called her stepfather (and Sasha’s biological father), Shelton Ray, and said the toddler was missing. Ray rushed home and found his daughter bleeding profusely from multiple stab wounds in the backyard of their home on North Waldrop Trail in Decatur.
“She died in my arms,” Ray said.
Though the teen rejected the plea deal, her mother, Haneefa Ray, is begging a judge to send the case to juvenile court.
“I don’t think she should be tried as an adult and go to adult jail,” said a tearful Haneefa, the mother of both the toddler and the teen.
Jackson provided no motive for her heinous act of violence.
Read more from the AJC below:
While the teen’s mother asked Wednesday that a judge send the case back to juvenile court, prosecutors offered the chance at serving 10 years of a 20-year sentence if she pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.