13-year-old Tyasia Jackson will be tried as an adult in the stabbing death of her 2-year-old half sister. The teen made her first court appearance on Tuesday.
Sasha Ray was found in the back yard of her family’s condo by her parents who left her and her siblings in Tyasia’s care on Monday.
The toddler’s father, Shelton Ray, told Channel 2 Action News that his stepdaughter confessed to stabbing his youngest daughter in a phone call from jail around 11 p.m. Monday.
According to a report in London’s Daily Mail, Tyasia was caught with a boy inside the house while her parents were running errands.
Ray, (pictured above with his family) told a reporter that a neighbor went to the home and ordered the boy to leave after finding him hiding in a closet.
Tyasia may have been angry with the 2-year-old for pointing out the the boy’s hiding place to the neighbor.
Ray said after the neighbor left the home, Tyasia instructed her siblings to go upstairs — except for Sasha. The teen took Sasha toward the back door and stabbed her 7 times in the heart area. She then threw the child’s body off a balcony into the back yard.
Ray said Tyasia made up a false story to explain Sasha’s disappearance from the home.
“She called my wife and told her Sasha was missing. She actually tried to blame it on the neighbor. She said she thought the neighbor took Sasha with her,” Ray said.
Ray said Tyasia helped search for Sasha before he discovered the toddler’s mutilated body in the back yard.
“I picked her up and immediately came to the front and got in the car,” said Ray. “We were going to take her to the hospital and she died in my arms at the entrance of the community,” Ray said.
Sasha’s great-grandmother told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot the family had just moved into the condo in the Waldrop Station complex a month before.
She said the family was having a hard time finding money to pay for the girl’s funeral because Sasha’s mother doesn’t have any money and works part time. “It’s a shame,” the great-grandmother said
Ray told Channel 2 his daughter is in a better place.
“She’s gone on to glory now. Now it’s up to me to make it to where she is,” Ray said. “Like I tell all my children, they have to get themselves into heaven. I have to get myself into heaven.”
“She is in a better place than I am, and with that known, I know I’m good,” Ray said.
UPDATE: According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Funeral services for Sasha will be held Tuesday at Raleigh Rucker Funeral Home in Decatur.
An account has been set up in Sasha’s name to help the family with funeral costs. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to the Sasha Lamaya Ray Memorial Fund.
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