Tallahassee (FL)

“I don’t want to die, please don’t kill me”: Grandmother Stabs 7-Year-Old Grandson to Death

Mason Rhinehart and his brother were playing video games in their Killearn Lakes Plantation home Tuesday morning when their grandmother, Martha White, interrupted to say she had a surprise for them.

White, 63, who had been babysitting the boys, then took 6-year-old Mason into the bathroom and locked the door behind her, a probable cause affidavit said. Mason’s brother, age 8, heard him start to cry from behind the door and say, “I don’t want to die, please don’t kill me.”

The boy said he tried to get in the bathroom, but could not. He then called his father and hid, court documents said.

Within five minutes, first responders were on the scene and found Mason lying on the bathroom floor with multiple stab wounds to the chest, said Lt. James McQuaig, LCSO spokesman. Leon County Emergency Medical Services rushed him to the hospital, but Mason did not survive.

…Mason’s brother said he saw White leave the home with a bottle of wine but not before telling him she “had a surprise for him too,” court documents said. McQuaig said Mason’s brother was not injured in the incident.

Deputies identified White as a suspect when they found her covered in blood at the dead end of Valley Creek Drive, about a half-mile away from the boys’ parents’ home in the 7700 block of Bass Ridge Trail. White’s clothing was covered with blood, court documents said. She also had a bottle of wine and a Xanax.

…It is still too early in the investigation to identify a motive for the stabbing, McQuaig said. However, White told deputies she was “fed up.”

8-year-old tried to save brother. Tallahassee Democrat, 8/7/2014.

Murder-Suicide Rampage in FL: 3 Dead, 1 Wounded

Detectives said they believe [Pedro José] Maldonado [Sr.] shot Monica Narvaez-Maldonado, 47, and Pedro José Maldonado Jr., 17, sometime Monday with a hand-held crossbow that shoots small arrows.

He then headed to Tallahassee where his older son, José Maldonado, 21, attends Florida State University. Investigators said Maldonado rented a hotel room Monday, and just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, attacked his son.

Detetives said Pedro José Maldonado tried to shoot his son with the crossbow, but José turned, and the arrow hit his ear.

His father began to choke him, but his son struggled and managed to get away from his dad, who fled the scene. José did not report the attack, according to authorities.

Around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Pedro Jose Maldonado. Sr. called a friend in Miami and admitted to killing his wife and son, according to BSO.

…The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team later located the Volvo at the Cabot Lodge in Lake City. A SWAT negotiator tried for hours to contact Maldonado with no success. Just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, they entered the room and found him dead.

Pedro José Maldonado: 3 dead after Weston, Florida father goes on crossbow rampage, says BSO. WPTV.com, 12/4/2013.

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