A Dallas, Texas mother allegedly stabbed and killed her 7-year-old daughter yesterday.
Police were called just before 2 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 2900 block of Frazier Street, near Spring Avenue, where the attack was reported.
Authorities say that when they arrived they found the child's grandmother pleading for help. The grandmother told them she had been in a rear bathroom in the house when she heard screaming. Her son then told her that his sister had stabbed his teenage friend, and they found her in another bathroom with a knife in her hand, the affidavit says.
The grandmother and brother tried to take the knife from her, but she managed to get away from them and began stabbing her daughter, the affidavit says.
The grandmother left the home and ran to get help from a neighbor who is a Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy. that neighbor went to the house and saw the child's mother, identified as Troyshayne Hall, walking out of the home. He then ordered her to get on the ground where he handcuffed her. The neighbor then went into the home to check on Hall's daughter, Madison, who was suffering from fatal injuries. The neighbor, fearing that it would take emergency crews too long to arrive, put the child in his car and took her to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy found more than 30 stab wounds, according to the affidavit.
The teenage boy, who had been stabbed in the shoulder blade and back, required surgery, police said.
Police who arrived at the scene were able to take the child's mother into custody. According to police Hall said “I did it” as she was being arrested and later told a detective “I know I [expletive] up.”
Troyshaye Mone Hall, 23, faces a capital murder charge in the death of Madison Petry, as well as a charge of aggravated assault in the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy. She has asked for a public defender, according to court records, but one has not yet been assigned to her case.
Hall has a history of violence. She was sentenced in 2017 to eight years of deferred-adjudication probation after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated assault and burglary of a habitation, court records show.
Police said she threatened her boyfriend with a knife that May. Days later, she was accused of forcing her way into an apartment where the boyfriend’s female cousin lived and attacking her. The boyfriend occasionally stayed there, and Hall mistakenly thought the cousin was his new girlfriend, police said.
When she was arrested in that case, Hall initially identified herself to authorities by using her twin sister’s name, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit.
Hall is being held at the Dallas County jail, with bail set at $1.5 million.