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Florida Grandmother Stabs Grandson to Death After Telling Him, 'I Have a Suprise For You'
*WARNING: This story contains graphic details*
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A grandmother accused of stabbing her own grandson to death is now behind bars.
In a statement released by a family attorney, Mason Rhinehart's father shared a horrifying account of what happened inside that home, and he says it all started when Martha White told the boys she had a surprise for them, WCTV reports.
Martha White arrived at the jail almost 24 hours to the minute after she is accused of stabbing her 6-year-old grandson to death in the bathroom of the family's Killearn Lakes home.
Deputies tracked her down at a nearby park. Arrest papers say she was covered in blood and had a bottle of wine and some xanax with her.
Now, White awaits trial for first-degree murder.
"We are not clear on the motive at this point in time and that's one of many things that investigators are continuing to dig into," Leon County Sheriff's Office Spokesman James McQuaig said.
Arrest papers paint a terrifying picture of what happened inside the home on Bass Ridge Trail Tuesday. Six-year-old Mason Rhinehart and his 8-year-old brother Aidan were watching video games, it says, when White told them she had a surprise for them.
The older brother told detectives White took Mason into the bathroom and closed the door. He says he heard his brother screaming, "Don't kill me Grandma!" but when he tried to open the door it was locked.
In a statement released by a family attorney, the boy's father Zack White said the brother called him and told him what was happening.
"I told Aidan to pound on the door just as loud as he could, he said. He yelled his brother's name. When there was no answer I told Aiden to go and hide."
Arrest papers say Aidan told detectives he saw his grandmother leave the house with a bottle of wine in her hand and told him she had a surprise for him, too.
In a statement released by a family attorney, Zack White said his mother was a registered nurse who had recently retired.
She had no history of mental illness, the statement said, and had given no indication that morning of being upset or disturbed.
She'd been watching the boys all summer, he said. "She doted on them. She was their grandmother. It was like any other day."
Neighbors are still in shock.
"You know the grandma is usually the one who sugar coats everything and gives you the candy and it's really fun and we couldn't believe that a grandmother out of all people would do such a horrible thing," neighbor Austin Sandel said.
An sheriff's office spokesman says they are still trying to pinpoint a motive.
Arrest papers say Martha White told deputies who arrested her she was "fed up" with the boys' mother.
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