Sheriff: Mom killed 11-year-old to keep her from having sex

Rosa Rivera

Orange County Corrections Rosa Rivera charged with stabbing daughter 11 and driving dead body to hospital

Rosa Rivera, 28, was being held in the Orange County Jail Sunday night.

A Florida mother has been arrested on a murder charge after investigators say she stabbed her 11-year-old daughter to death to stop her from having sex. The girl denied having sex with anyone, witnesses told police.

Rivera reportedly first told detectives that a man had stabbed her daughter before running away.

Mina said Rosa later told investigators she stabbed her daughter "to prevent her from having sex with other men", but he said authorities don't believe she was being sexually abused.

Lt Diego Toruno, a spokesperson for the Orlando Police Department, said the 28-year-old suspect became combative with hospital staff and pulled a knife on them, causing the hospital to briefly go on lockdown. The child had 15 stab wounds to her back and a defensive wound on her right arm.

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She allegedly told authorities she stabbed the girl while in the vehicle. Rivera told them she "felt guilty" about the incident and harmed her own left arm, the report said.

Hospital security surrounded Rivera and called an off-duty Orlando police officer who was working security at Orlando Regional Medical Center for assistance, and he placed Rivera in handcuffs, officials said.

Police officers dispatched to the scene described Rivera as being "argumentative" before threatening them with a blood-stained knife, officials said. She was later charged with murder.

According to an arrest affidavit released on Monday morning, Rivera confessed to killing her daughter. She said that she believed her daughter was having sex with men because she smiled 'different'.

Rivera did not answer reporters' questions as she was transferred from the sheriff's office to the Orange County Jail, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

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