Woman accused of fatally stabbing mother

Yudenia Rodriguez faces second-degree murder, child abuse, tampering with witness charges

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MIAMI - A judge has ordered a psychological evaluation of a woman accused of fatally stabbing her mother during a fight at her home in south Miami-Dade County on Sunday.

On Monday, Yudenia Rodriguez asked the judge to remove her handcuffs, said her mother didn't die and fell asleep in the courtroom during a bond hearing. She was ordered held without bail in the Miami-Dade County Jail.

According to police, Sonia Santiesteban, 65, asked her 40-year-old daughter to leave her house.

The Miami Herald reports the request angered Rodriguez, who pushed her mother, who frequently used a wheelchair, to the ground. When her 15-year-old niece tried to call 911, Rodriguez took the phone and hit her niece.

Police said Rodriguez then grabbed the knife and began stabbing her mother.

Rodriguez now faces second-degree murder, child abuse and tampering with a witness charges.

Santiestaban's three grandchildren, who lived with her, are now with relatives, according to authorities. A hearing will be scheduled to determine who will care for them. The children belong to Santiestaban's son, who lost custody after he ended up in prison on drug-related charges. Their mother also lost custody, according to The Herald.

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