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14-year-old girl accused of murdering grandmother – WSOC TV

LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. – A 14-year-old South Florida girl is charged with killing her grandmother, authorities said Tuesday.

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According to a news release from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the teenager was arrested May 24 in connection with the death of her grandmother, Yevhenia Koval, 79, of Lauderdale Lakes.

The girl, who has not been identified by authorities, faces a second-degree murder charge.

Emergency responders met the victim’s mother at a residence in Lauderdale Lakes after receiving a call around 12:26 a.m. EST, WPLG-TV reported. According to the TV station, emergency personnel discovered an unconscious woman in the house.

According to the sheriff’s office, the victim’s son left and left his mother and the suspect at the home. When he returned, he found his mother lying unconscious on the floor with numerous bruises on her body.

Koval was transported to Broward Health Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, WPEC-TV reported. An autopsy by the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Koval’s death a homicide, according to the TV station.

The sheriff’s office said that after conducting an investigation, deputies identified the teenager as the suspect in the case. The minor, who was admitted to the district hospital on the day of the incident to obtain a medical opinion, was arrested on May 24.

The sheriff’s office has not released details about a possible motive for the killing.

She was taken to the county’s juvenile assessment center for evaluation, according to a press release.

It was unclear whether the teenager would be tried as a juvenile or an adult, according to the Associated Press.