June 23 – A Frederick woman has pleaded guilty to the murder of another woman whose body was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs in September 2020, authorities said.
Maria Vazquez-Mebo, 37, told police she found Dolores Perez, 81, lying face down in a North Bentz home in Frederick where Perez’s husband lived and Vazquez-Mebo was caring for him, according to charging documents.
Vazquez-Mebo also told police that when they found Perez on the floor, foaming at the mouth and bleeding from the head, Vazquez-Mebo got a rolling pin from the kitchen and hit Perez with it several times in the kitchen. the head area, according to the charging documents. .
Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said Wednesday that an autopsy revealed Perez died of “blunt force trauma to the head,” though it’s unclear whether he died. it came from the fall or the rolling pin.
Charging documents say Vazquez-Mebo called the victim’s daughter, Carla Perez, the owner of the residence. Carla, who lives in Miami, recalled that Vazquez-Mebo was “screaming and hysterical”, according to charging documents.
Carla called the neighbors to call 911 in Frederick.
The charging documents say Carla ordered Vazquez-Mebo to place towels under her mother’s head where the bleeding was.
The documents did not provide further information on whether the interaction between Carla and Vazquez-Mebo occurred before or after Vazquez-Mebo allegedly punched the victim.
Vazquez-Mebo pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on June 9. A second degree murder charge was merged with the first degree murder charge.
Under a plea deal, Vazquez-Mebo is expected to receive a life sentence, with all but a range of 25 to 45 years suspended. She would get credit for the time spent from September 14, 2020.
After her release, she would be on supervised probation for five years, according to court records.
Vazquez-Mebo’s attorney, Audrey Creighton, said Wednesday she would not speak to the case until after sentencing.
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