040714 Semeria and Tameria Greene

A Wayne County judge has sentenced Semeria Greene, 29, to a minimum of 23 years for the fatal stabbing of her eight-year-old daughter, Tameria Greene, in their Detroit home in December 2012.

According to the autopsy, Tameria was stabbed in the heart and had abrasions and scars on her body, including injuries on her left arm “consistent with a bite mark.” Investigators say Tameria’s then-four-year-old brother told authorities “his mother had a big knife and cut his sister and his mother killed Ti-Ti.” He was also able to re-enact the crime.

Sadly, the Michigan Department of Human Services tried to remove Tameria and her four younger brothers from the home a month earlier, but court referee Richard Smart declined, suggesting that their mother should move out or place the children elsewhere.

“They’re in no more danger today than they were yesterday. And no one came to court yesterday to ask for the children to be removed,” Smart said.

Smart told the department it could appeal his decision to a judge, but the state declined. Tameria was found dead in her home five weeks later.

Greene was ruled fit for trial three months after initially being declared incompetent last summer. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month. She can serve a maximum of 50 years.

Greene’s younger children remain in the care of the state.

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