A Florida teen told investigators that he had been considering murdering his mother for a while and decided to go through with it Monday, her 39th birthday.
Joshua Leon Carmona, 18, was arrested on Tuesday, according to CBS News. He’s facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of his mom, Tahirih Lua D’Angelo.
According to an arrest affidavit, Carmona struck his mom in the face with a baseball bat and kept hitting her until she was unconscious. He then stabbed her in the neck with a large butcher knife, the report states.
After the murder, according to the report, Carmona took his mother’s car to pick up his 3-year-old half sister from a day care center. He took the girl to a park, where he met a friend and confessed. Carmona told his friend he had “killed somebody and he was going to prison for a long time,” the report said. He also told the friend he was considering suicide. That friend took the child and returned her to relatives.
A relative found the body Monday afternoon, according to CBS News. Police found Carmona driving his dead mother’s car on an interstate and pulled him over. He then threw himself to the ground, an arrest report said.
His family told deputies they did not expect this. But, a sheriff’s spokeswoman stated that Carmona “had been planning to kill his mother and stepfather for a period of time.” She didn’t say how long and authorities didn’t state where the stepfather was during the murder.
Carmona has been arrested twice before. Last November, he was arrested in Pennsylvania on charges that he stole a Jeep. The report says he shoved the driver to the ground before stealing the vehicle. When authorities later found him, he had marijuana and two flannel shirts he’d stolen from a mailbox. According to CBS News, he had told police at the time that he had driven out “to commit suicide under the stars.” He was also previously arrested in Georgia on a DUI charge.
Carmona was being held without bond on Tuesday, states the report.
[Photo of Carmona: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
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