- 13-year-old Dereck Rosa allegedly killed his mother Irina García.
- The stabbing was caught on a baby monitor.
- His newborn sister was right there.
New details about the murder of Irina García at the hands of her son have come to light.
The Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office revealed disturbing images of what happened that night at the residence in Hialeah, Florida.
Prosecutors presented the evidence in response to defense requests to have the 13-year-old transferred to a juvenile detention center.
One by one the photographs were revealed, including an image of the knife that was allegedly used to commit the murder.
The chilling case of Dereck Rosa
The tip of the weapon broke during the vicious stabbing.
Then they showed images of Irinia García sitting in her bed holding her newborn baby.
At this point everything seemed peaceful in the home.
Finally, two photographs of the teenager were presented. One shows him in the room, in an image timestamped at 11:00 p.m. on October 12, 2023.
The teenager allegedly murdered his mother Irina García
The young man is leaning over the bed where his mother lay asleep next to the baby.
At that moment, the crib is empty, which leads investigators to assume that the young man killed his mother while she was lying right next to his little sister.
In the second image, Dereck poses for the camera, with his tongue out and making a hand gesture. That photograph was presented as the selfie he sent to a friend through social media.
According to what was stated in court, these images were captured by the baby monitor installed in the victim’s room.
The baby monitor recorded the evidence
Although only still images were leaked, it was reported that there is video of what happened in the room.
Almost two months have passed since that fateful night when the new mother’s murder shocked Miami Dade County.
On October 12, Dereck Rosa called 911 to confess his crime.
His conversation with the operator lasted 17 minutes, was recorded and was presented as evidence during his first hearings.
What will happen to Dereck Rosa?
«She’s dead. There’s blood all over the floor,» the 13-year-old told the 911 operator.
Only part of the conversation was presented in court, what Dereck said about his motive or what prompted him to commit this terrible crime will be revealed in court.
The teenager surrendered to authorities hours later without resisting and pleaded not guilty in court.
Prosecutors presented more than 700 photographs as evidence of the crime scene in court and are fighting for the young man to receive the maximum sentence.
The murder weapon
At the end of October a grand jury determined that Derek Rosa will be tried as an adult and face first-degree murder charges.
His family assured the press that they will support him unconditionally until the end. They have sent letters asking the court to give him a second chance.
Since the beginning of the investigation, Rosa’s impeccable reputation as an honor roll student has been emphasized.
The teenager is currently being held at the Metrowest Detention Center in Doral. If convicted, Rosa could be sentenced to life in prison.