Teenage girl from Florida accused of murdering grandmother, prosecutors debate whether to try as an adult

Lavinia Thompson
Degrees of Monstrosity: Female Killers
3 min readJun 13, 2024

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A 14-year old girl from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida is waiting for a judge to decide whether she will be tried as an adult or juvenile after being arrested and charged for allegedly murdering her elderly grandmother, according to a report by NBC Miami.

On May 23, 2024, police responded to a call that took them to an apartment within the Pearl Condominiums on Northwest 41st street to check on an unresponsive woman, according to a statement from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). Yevheniia Koval, 79, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

At the scene, police spoke to the victim’s son, who informed them that he had left his teenage daughter with his mother when he went to visit a friend, the statement says. When he returned, he found his mother on the floor, unresponsive and bruises on her body.

Both 79-year-old Yevheniia Koval and her granddaughter were admitted to the hospital that same day, where Koval was pronounced dead.

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The teenager was arrested on May 24, 2024 and Juvenile Assessment Center. According to NBC, the judge at her first hearing noted that the “court notes the child suffers possibly from severe post-traumatic stress.”

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Lavinia Thompson
Degrees of Monstrosity: Female Killers

Just an old garden witch who writes about murder, true and fictional.