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Mother charged in girl’s stabbing death

DETROIT — A 26-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with felony murder in the stabbing death of her daughter at their Detroit home just days before the girl’s ninth birthday.

The mother, Semeria Greene, was also charged with one count of first-degree child abuse. Greene’s four young sons have been turned over to Child Protective Services, police spokeswoman Sergeant Eren Stephens said.

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Neighbors called police to the Greene family’s apartment just east of downtown in the early hours of Sunday morning. Officers arrived to discover Tameria Greene bleeding and unresponsive on the floor. She had been stabbed in the chest with a knife and was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital. Semeria Greene was taken into custody.

‘‘This is only the second day of the year and we are charging a parent with a child homicide,’’ said Kym Worthy, county prosecutor. ‘‘This case is made even more profoundly sad because today would have been Tameria’s ninth birthday.’’

Her slaying came at the end of a particularly brutal year in Detroit. By Thanksgiving, the city had surpassed the 344 homicides reported in all of 2011. As of Dec. 16, the city had recorded 375 murders.

A conviction on the murder charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. The child abuse charge carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.

A motive for the stabbing was not clear. Police were not releasing details of the case Wednesday, Stephens said.

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