Detroit mother charged with daughter's murder to undergo competency exam

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:08:40 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 16 2013 04:24:25 PM EST
DETROIT -

The Detroit mother accused of stabbing her 8-old-daughter to death will undergo a competency exam before her case moves forward.

The exam was ordered Wednesday during a hearing for 26-year-old Semeria Greene.

Greene is charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse in the stabbing death of her daugher Tameria Greene.

Her next court date is March 1.

--Tameria Greene

Read more: Detroit mother charged with murder in death of 8-year-old

--The apartment where Semeria Greene was found stabbed to death

The girl was found dead Dec. 30, 2012, at the Martin Luther King Apartments in the 2200 block of E. Larned Street in Detroit. She had been stabbed in the chest.

A petition filed in Wayne County Juvenile Court on behalf of the state Department of Human Services reveals that Tameria's 4-year-old brother witnessed her death.

Watch: Documents reveal more about slain Detroit girl's home life.

The petition was filed in a neglect case involving Greene's other children -- four sons.

It says the boy told child advocacy workers that she "had a big knife and cut his sister and his mother killed Ti-Ti."

Watch: Court blunder blamed for lack of protection for 8-year-old stabbed by mother.

Neighbors wonder if Detroit girl's death could have been prevented

People living at the Martin Luther King Apartments say this is a death that could have been avoided.

"That little girl, every time I go to school every morning, when I take my daughter to school, that little girl went up to me and gave me a hug," said neighbor Dion Carter.

Carter said police had been at the home several times.

"I know they got that stuff on record. Look at the file, how many times were police here? There have been times when the door was wide open and the kids were in there by themselves," he said.

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