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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged a 14-year- old, (DOB:06/21/2006), girl in connection with the fatal stabbing of her grandmother, Cynthia Mosby, 65, both of Canton. Ms. Mosby had custody of her granddaughter at the time of her death.


She has been charged with First-Degree Murder and Second-Degree Murder. The juvenile respondent is not being charged as an adult defendant; she has been adult designated. This means that upon conviction an adult designation allows the judge to have the option of sentencing the respondent as a juvenile, or as an adult, or to fashion a blended juvenile with the option of imposing an adult sentence if the juvenile is not rehabilitated.

On Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:15 a.m., Canton police officers were dispatched to Ms. Mosby's home in the 4150 block of Kimberly Drive, in Canton to investigate an injured woman. The body of Cynthia Mosby, 65, was found by her son, who is the father of the juvenile girl. His daughter was not present in the house when at the time he found his mother. The officers were directed to a bedroom in the home where they observed the lifeless body of the victim lying face down on the floor suffering from multiple stab wounds.

It is alleged that she planned the crime, and that on February 21, 2021 the respondent killed her grandmother by stabbing her multiple times with a kitchen knife. After, the fatal stabbing it is alleged she checked into a motel in the City of Southgate. On the afternoon of February 22, 2021, Canton investigators located the respondent at the motel and took her into custody.


"We extend our deepest condolences to Cynthia Mosby's family. Our police officers and detectives have worked tirelessly to identify the tragic circumstances of her death. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's analysis and charging decisions were invaluable following this challenging set of facts," said Canton Director of Police Services Chad Baugh.


"The fatal stabbing of Ms. Mosby is very sad and disturbing. Ms. Mosby was a nurse who was raising her granddaughter. Our prayers go out to her son and family," said Prosecutor Worthy. "In this case the 14-year-old girl is being adult designated because upon conviction it gives the judge the most flexibility during sentencing to provide options for rehabilitation of this very troubled youth."


Today, the Respondent was not arraigned on the charge of First-Degree Murder and SecondDegree Murder. *She is represented by attorney Jeffrey Schwartz. She has been referred for competency and criminal responsibility evaluations and remanded to the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility located at 1326 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI. The next court date is on April15, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. for a continued hearing regarding competency and the arraignment on the charges.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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