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Update: Tallahassee Grandma Who Killed Grandson Charged With Premeditated Murder

Leon County Sheriff's Office

A 63-year-old woman is being charged with premeditated murder in the stabbing death of one of her grandsons.

Deputies found Martha White's car half-a-mile away from the scene of the crime. The arrest report says she was bloody, carrying a wine bottle and Xanax. White told police her grandson's mother had been torturing her for years and that she was "fed up."

According to the affidavit, initially obtained by WCTV,  White was babysitting her young grandsons Tuesday when she told them she had a “surprise” for them. According to the older child, identified by his initials in the report, White took 6-year-old Mason Rhinehart into a bathroom and closed the door. His brother heard him crying and saying, "I don’t want to die. Please don't kill me." The boy called his father and hid. He later told detectives he tried to open the bathroom door, but it was locked.


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A 63-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of one of her grandsons.

According to the Leon County Sheriff's office, deputies got the 911 call at 11:30 a.m.Tuesday and were on the scene at the Bass Ridge Trail home in Killearn Lakes Plantation minutes later.  Inside the house was seven-year-old Mason Rhinehart who’d been stabbed several times in the chest.  Fire and EMS responders rushed him to Tallahassee Memorial where he later died. 

Investigators determined the boy’s grandmother, 63-year-old Martha White, was the suspect in the stabbing.  They found her in her car nearby at the end of Valley Creek Drive.  They arrested White and took her to a local hospital, but haven’t said why.  They say other details of the case will be revealed as the investigation goes on.

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