A Barnard College student has been accused of fatally stabbing her mother during an argument on February 16th. Authorities say that 22-year-old Malika Jones argued with her mother about her returning to classes and when that argument turned heated, the young woman took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her mother. Inell Jones,57, was stabbed in the chest in the kitchen of their home and later died.
Via NY Post:
"The mother and daughter had a row over Jones’ “living situation” and going back to school, authorities said. She had been on academic leave from Barnard since last spring and was taking classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College before an expected return to the all-female school, her lawyer told The Post.
The shocking arrest is yet another campus tragedy for Barnard, which was rocked in December by the stabbing death of freshman Tessa Majors.
While on leave, Jones went to live in the small Rahway home where she was raised, mostly by her hairstylist mother after her parents divorced.
George Mars, a 72-year-old tenant in the home, told police he heard the mom and daughter fighting that day, starting at 7 a.m., according to a prosecutor’s affidavit obtained by The Post.
That afternoon, Mars told authorities that the mother yelled that the daughter “cut herself” and needed to go the hospital, but the elder Jones then spent about 20 minutes filling bags with canned goods for donations, the affidavit says.
Mars told police that he then heard what sounded like dishes breaking in the kitchen and, about 20 minutes later, he said Malika Jones came toward him yelling, “She tried to hurt me.”
The daughter called police shortly after 3 p.m. and her mother was pronounced dead at 3:28 pm. Malika had a superficial cut on her wrist, according to the affidavit, which said “a large common kitchen knife” was found near the body."
This incident comes as a complete shock to those who know Malika who is described by her friends as “beautiful, gentle, creative, hilarious, smart, thoughtful and kind person."
An Upper West Side mom in a Facebook post said Jones was her Monday nanny and “go-to babysitter.” The woman said she “would only have wonderful things to say about her,” but declined to comment further.
This is a horrible turn of events but many are wondering if this is a case of murder or self-defense? What do you think?