17-year-old daughter arraigned in mother's stabbing death on Christmas

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The 17-year-old daughter of a physically disabled woman who was stabbed to death in Clinton Township was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on murder charges.

Police said the victim, Sonia Riang, a 45-year-old woman bound to a wheelchair, was killed on Christmas at the Washington Place Apartments.

Delila Sherwood Evans, 17, is charged with first-degree murder.

Sources close to the investigation said the daughter has a history of domestic violence and had stabbed her 7-year-old brother in the past. Court records show the attack happened in October and she was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors dropped the charges because her brother didn’t want to go forward with the case.

The mother was stabbed multiple times. She was a mother of two children, ages 7 and 17.

“She doesn’t understand anything,” Evan’s half-sister, Roseanna Evans, said. “Obviously she has a mental illness.”

Sources said the victim’s cousin found the body and called police.

Police found the teenage suspect at a 7-Eleven in Fraser.


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