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Teen, formerly from Albion, faces capital murder charges in deaths of sister, mother

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 September 2018 at 8:18 am

A 15-year-old girl formerly from Albion has been charged with two counts of capital murder following the deaths of her sister and mother.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama announced the charges on Friday. Because the teen is being charged as a juvenile her name is not being released.

She is accused of fatally stabbing her mother, 44-year-old Rosa Aminta Maldonado, and older sister, 19-year-old Rosa Lee Maldonado, who graduated from Albion in 2017. The Maldonados moved to Alabama about a year ago.

Many of the family’s friends in the Albion community had a vigil of remembrance on Friday evening at Bullard Park in Albion.

Rosa Lee Maldonado and her mother were found deceased by deputies at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, after someone in the house made a 911 call.

The 15-year-old had stabbed herself in the head and neck, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said. She was treated at a hospital in Huntsville and released on Friday.

The family has established a fundraiser on Facebook. (Click here for more information)

“We’d appreciate any help that we can receive,” according to the post. “We are trying to bury two loved ones who recently passed away. We’d appreciate anything, even the small is big.”

Rosa Aminta Maldonado was the mother of Katie Sanchez, who was 15 in January 2011 when she strangled to death by her brother-in-law, Carlos Cardenas. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Rosa Lee Maldonado was Katie’s younger sister at the time.

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