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Mom slits 2 children’s throats, tries to do the same to herself but stops ‘because it hurt’


A Florida woman was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for allegedly fatally stabbing her two children in December.

Berenice Jaramillo-Hernandez, 26, pleaded guilty to murdering 5-year-old Mateo Jaramillo and 6-year-old Katherine Jaramillo, before putting masks on both of their faces. The mother confessed to killing her son in the bed before killing her daughter, who witnessed her brother’s slaying and tried to flee, according to the Gainesville Times.

Hall County police found Jaramillo-Hernandez at the residence with serious injuries to her neck. When officers asked her why she did not go through with cutting her own throat, she responded, “Because it hurt,” the news outlet reported.

Mateo and Katherine Jaramillo, who had their throats slit, were found wearing pajamas and positioned next to each other in bed. While physical evidence suggested Jaramillo-Hernandez stabbed her 5-year-old son as he was covered up in bed, she apparently killed her 6-year-old daughter near the bedroom window.

The Gainesville Times reported that both children had defensive wounds, including stab wounds on the boy’s knuckles and stab wounds on the girl’s hands.

The knife used in the double slaying was found on a dresser — the same place where multiple notes were located, detailing Jaramillo-Hernandez’s plans to kill her children and herself. Police said the mother used a different knife to cut her own neck, and she dropped it on the floor as deputies entered the bedroom.

Detectives noted that the only item in the medicine cabinet that had blood on it was a tube of numbing cream, according to the Times.

Prosecutors said the victims’ father lives in Mexico and approved of the plea agreement. which entails Jaramillo-Hernandez pleading guilty to malice murder, first-degree child cruelty, and aggravated assault and serving two consecutive life sentences.

The Times reported that Mateo and Katherine Jaramillo were buried in Mexico.

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[Featured image: Berenice Jaramillo-Hernandez/Hall County Sheriff’s Office]

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wow I'm surprised she got life in prison, I'm used to reading 10-20 years for murdering a child. my opinion is it should be mandatory execution, usually the inmates carry that out so hopefully the same will happen to her.

Lori Hays

she deserves the death penalty. she says she stopped because it hurt hiw do you think those precious children felt when you were slitting their throats you horrible animal

Reiny Rosario

Imagine how those children felt emotionally and physically as it l took place jail is to good for you you should be killed and I am sure justice is coming R.I.P little angels


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