Texas Teen Confesses to Fatally Shooting Mother in Head: Police

Police in Dallas said Saturday that they had arrested a 15-year-old male who allegedly shot and killed his mother, and then later admitted to the crime.

Law enforcement officials began investigating on Friday when a two-year-old girl was dropped off at her great-grandparents' home unexpectedly. The great-grandparents didn't know who dropped off the child, and police said the girl was supposed to be with her grandmother.

"The great-grandparents became concerned for the well-being of the child's grandmother and therefore requested a welfare check at the grandmother's home," police wrote in a description of the incident posted online.

Inside the home, police found 47-year-old Aime Salinas Alvarado dead from a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.

"Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the victim's 15-year-old juvenile son had shot and killed her and took the child to the great-grandparent's home after committing the offense," police said, though they didn't describe how they determined that the boy was suspected of committing the killing.

When authorities spoke with the 15-year-old, they said he "provided a full confession to the Homicide detective."

The teenager, whose identity has not been released, was arrested and will be charged with capital murder, police said.

Texas Teen Confesses to Fatally Shooting Mother
Police in Dallas said Saturday that they had arrested a 15-year-old boy who shot and killed his mother, and later admitted to the crime. Above, demonstrators march past a Dallas Police car during a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism on June 6, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Getty Images/Cooper Neill

Newsweek has reached out to police in Dallas for details about the case but did not hear back in time for publication on Sunday afternoon.

In a similar recent incident, police in Georgia said that a teenager stabbed his mother to death at her home on Thanksgiving Day. The mother, Marcia Chance, 42, was found dead after police were dispatched to a domestic-related assault in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Varian Hibbert, 18, her son, was arrested and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony.

Also on Thanksgiving Day, police accused a Michigan man of fatally shooting his mother while riding in her car before allegedly opening fire on other vehicles. Three other vehicles were hit by bullets, and a female driver was wounded in the leg, after the 22-year-old man began firing, police said.

Authorities surmised the suspect shot his 52-year-old mother after an accident. The man fled on foot but was soon found by police who said they recovered a 9mm handgun.

"The suspect was quickly located in the area and taken into custody," authorities said.

According to police, the suspect is being held in jail, and that a sheriff's office is investigating the incident.