Jacksonville mom who stabbed her daughter to death will not face charges

DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. — A Jacksonville mother was named the suspect in the deadly stabbing of her 6-year-old daughter last year, but according to court documents, she will not face charges.

Action News Jax reported in 2020 when the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested Purkanah Mayo for second-degree murder after officers found the woman and the child suffering from stab wounds at an Arlington home. The young girl later died of her injuries.

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The Florida Department of Children and Families said the mother did not have parental rights of the child, and at the time of the stabbing, the mother was visiting the child’s home.

On Sept. 22, 2021, court records show Mayo was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

She was deemed unable to stand trial and placed in a mental health treatment facility.

Aurielle Eady

Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax

Aurielle Eady is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.