Two sisters accused of stabbing their mother to death Friday night are being held on murder charges, Pike County Sheriff Kenny Cotton said.

Ericka Hall, 32, died allegedly at the hands of her 12- and 14-year-old daughters of multiple stab wounds and a gunshot wound to the abdomen after the girls attacked her at their house, Cotton said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the family’s house at 1088 Lawson Road, Magnolia, after relatives who live nearby found Hall lying on the ground outside her house after the attack. Investigators said she had been stabbed multiple times and shot once in the chest with a small-caliber handgun.

Cotton said deputies and paramedics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Hall.

“They found out the daughters — two teenagers, juveniles — allegedly did it,” Cotton said.

The younger daughter is being held in the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center in Natchez, while the other, Amariyona Hall, is being charged as an adult and is in the Pike County jail on a $150,000 bond. She had a bond hearing Saturday and is expected to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 29.

Cotton said mental evaluations are pending for both.

“They’re charged with murder and we’re going to apply the law,” Cotton said.

The sheriff said deputies heard reported that the girls attacked their mother Friday after they tried to run her over with the family car earlier in the week. The mother had reportedly punished the girls after that and they rebelled with Friday’s fatal attack.

“With something like that, she should have made charges and had them arrested then,” he said.

Cotton said it’s difficult for him to comprehend the nature of the case.

“I can’t imagine what’s going on inside their minds to process that,” he said. “A mom is a mom no matter what.”

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