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Police: Woman fatally stabbed daughter, 11, to prevent her from having sex

Michael Williams
Orlando Sentinel
This Sunday, March 10, 2019, booking photo provided by the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff's Office show Rose Alcides Rivera. Rivera, accused of stabbing her daughter to death, told investigators she killed the 11-year-old to keep her from having sex, authorities in Florida said. Rivera pulled up to a hospital in Orlando asking for help for her daughter on Sunday morning, but the girl was already dead from multiple stab wounds, sheriff's investigators said. Then, they said Rivera pulled a knife on hospital workers before being arrested. (Orange County Sheriff's Office via AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando woman stabbed her 11-year-old daughter more than a dozen times Sunday because the girl smiled “different,” causing the mother to think her child was having sex, authorities said.

Rosa Rivera, 28, then drove Aleyda Rivera to Winnie Palmer Hospital, where Rivera was detained by hospital security after wielding a purple-handled pocket knife soaked with blood.

“My baby is gone,” Rivera told first responders, according to her arrest report. Aleyda had 15 stab wounds to her back and a defensive wound to her right arm, authorities said.

Authorities determined the incident started at a home on the 5700 block of Citadel Drive, where witnesses said Rivera arrived about 7:30 a.m. and began pounding on the door, accusing a man there of having sex with her daughter, deputies said.

The child denied having sex with anyone, the witnesses told authorities.

In an interview by detectives, Rivera initially denied stabbing her daughter, but eventually admitted to doing it “to prevent her from having sex with other men,” the report said.

“Rivera stated she stabbed her daughter while in the car, and while stabbing her she was attempting to make her more comfortable,” an investigator wrote in an arrest report.

Rivera told deputies she believed her daughter was in heaven.

She told authorities she never saw her daughter having sex, nor did her daughter tell her she was having sex. Rivera had a superficial cut to her arm when she was taken into custody which she said was self-inflicted.

Rivera is facing a first-degree murder charge. She’s being held without bail in the Orange County Jail.