A 26-year-old Detroit mother of five made her first court appearance Thursday on a murder charge in the stabbing death of her 8-year-old daughter.
Tameria Greene was found bleeding early Sunday on the floor of the family's apartment.
Her mother, Semeria Greene, was arrested and her four sons were taken into protective custody.
Greene was arraigned on felony murder and child abuse charges. She pleaded not guilty.
She was also arraigned on two charges from a unrelated incident that happened last June. She pleaded not-guilty to malicious destruction of property and disorderly person.
Michigan's human service director Maura Corrigan says family, friends and neighbors had complained to her agency about Greene's treatment of her five children. Corrigan says child welfare workers had tried repeatedly to remove them from Greene's care in the past two years.
Most recently, DHS petitioned the court on Nov. 28, unsuccessfully, to remove Tameria and her siblings from their mother’s care.
The girl would have turned 9 on Wednesday.