Detroit mother ruled competent to stand trial in daughter's death

Semeria Greene accused of stabbing 8-year-old in December 2012


DETROIT – A Detroit mother who is accused of stabbing her 8-year-old daughter to death last year has been found competent to stand trial.

Semeria Greene is charged with first-degree child abuse in the death of Tameria Greene.

She was previously found incompetent earlier this year, but after a three-day hearing, Judge Kenneth King determined the mother can stand trial.

Her attorney plans to appeal.


--Tameria Greene

The girl was found dead Dec. 30, 2012, at the Martin Luther King Apartments in the 2200 block of E. Larned Street in Detroit. She had been stabbed in the chest.


A petition filed in Wayne County Juvenile Court on behalf of the state Department of Human Services reveals that Tameria's 4-year-old brother witnessed her death.

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The petition was filed in a neglect case involving Greene's other children -- four sons.

It says the boy told child advocacy workers that she "had a big knife and cut his sister and his mother killed Ti-Ti."

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Neighbors wonder if Detroit girl's death could have been prevented


--Vigil held for Tameria Greene

People living at the Martin Luther King Apartments say this is a death that could have been avoided.

"That little girl, every time I go to school every morning, when I take my daughter to school, that little girl went up to me and gave me a hug," said neighbor Dion Carter.

Carter said police had been at the home several times.

"I know they got that stuff on record. Look at the file, how many times were police here? There have been times when the door was wide open and the kids were in there by themselves," he said.

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