UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, Penn. – A 14-year-old girl has been charged as an adult in the stabbing death of her mother after investigators discovered text messages she sent to her soldier boyfriend before the killing, WCAU reports.
Hours after 54-year-old Cheryl Silvonek was found dead, investigators say they found 14-year-old Jamie Silvonek naked in bed with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Caleb Barnes.
Authorities say Caleb and Jamie met when she was 13, but she told him she was 17.
Investigators say the girl’s mother wanted her daughter to end the relationship after she learned of the couple’s age difference.
That is when authorities say Jamie became upset and started to conspire with Caleb to kill her mother.
“She threatened to throw me out of the house. I want her gone,” Jaime texted Caleb.
Text messages between Jaime and Caleb detail how the couple planned to kill Cheryl Silvonek.
“Why don’t we wait until we get in the car with her?” Jamie asked in a text sent to Caleb.
Investigators say Caleb, who is enlisted as an Army specialist, stabbed Cheryl Silvonek in her driveway and ditched the car while with the 14-year-old girl.
Cheryl Silvonek’s poorly buried body was found the next day.
Jamie’s attorney told WCAU that he believes the teen was under Caleb’s control.
“She cried incessantly and told me how much she missed her mom and told me she was coerced, she was afraid she was going to be killed, she was afraid her dad was going to be killed,” the attorney said. “So there’s a lot of things we have to decipher here.”
Jamie and Caleb are both facing multiple charges including homicide, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and criminal conspiracy.