A woman stabbed her mother to death over a $40 debt this weekend following a dispute over the money, prosecutors said.
Lonika Welch, of the 8300 block of South Kingston Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood, was charged with first-degree murder and was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail today in a hearing before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Laura Sullivan.
Her mother, Angela Welch, 55, was stabbed Saturday in the home Angela Welch had let Lonika Welch, fiance and their 2-year-old girl move into recently after the home they were in fell into foreclosure, prosecutors said. Angela Welch was declared dead at 7:26 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Lonika Welch and her mother got into a dispute over $40 that her mother owed Lonika Welch, and the dispute quickly became a physical fight, prosecutors said. Lonika Welch's fiance got between the two, and the fiance tried to get Lonika Welch to leave the home.
"I'm going to deal with this—I need my money," Lonika Welch told him, according to prosecutors.
The fiance left the home briefly, and when he came back, he found Lonkia Welch next to her wounded mother, holding a kitchen knife in her hand. The fiance took the knife away from Lonika Welch and called 911 when she went upstairs, prosecutors said.
After the stabbing, Lonika Welch fled the scene, telling her fiance that "I'm through with this" expletive, prosecutors said. She was arrested five hours later in the alley behind the home. She told the officers who arrested her that she had planned to call police to turn herself in.
Police and paramedics went to the scene about 6:45 p.m., police said. While paramedics were treating Angela Welch, she told them that her daughter had stabbed her, prosecutors said.
After she was declared dead on arrival at Northwestern, the Cook County medical examiner's office determined she died of four stab wounds, including two to the back, in a homicide.
Assistant Cook County Public Defender Marijane Placek said in court that the killing was a case of self-defense. When she was arrested in a nearby alley after the slaying, Lonika Welch told police "I never would have done this except my mother attacked me first," Placek said.
Lonika Welch has no criminal background that could be used in her bond hearing, prosecutors said.Tribune reporters Jason Meisner and Liam Ford contributed.