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Mom: Teen who killed her father was suffering from abuse

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An Indiana teen is accused of brutally murdering her father in Genesee County. Now, the suspect's mother says fat
shaming and other mental abuse may have driven the teen to kill.

Ameera Stokes, 18, is accused of killing her father by hitting him in the head with a hammer and stabbing him in the chest inside his Michigan home before calling 911 to confess.

"What she did was absolutely horrific. I can’t imagine what he must have went through, but I don’t want her to get locked up for the rest of her life either," said Gretchen Brasher, Ameera’s mother.

According to court records, prosecutors charged the teen with murder and claim the killing started with a fight over "life issues."

Ameera’s mother said the teen endured years of verbal abuse at the hands of her father, Donald Stokes, who Brasher said constantly teased Ameera about being overweight.

"She said she hated herself-- that she was fat and worthless. She felt she was a burden to everybody," said Brasher.

Brasher said in 2014, Ameera stabbed a friend at a Boys and Girls Club because she didn’t want to live with her dad any longer and wanted to be arrested.

"She tried everything she could to get away from her dad. Her dad was physically abusive to her sister and verbally abusive to her. She lived in fear every day," Brasher said.

Last year, Ameera came to live in Muncie, Indiana with her mother. During that time, the teen allegedly attempted suicide by driving her mom's car into a pole.

"The police said she jumped out of the car and said she just wanted to die. They took her to Ball, but they wouldn’t keep her. We begged them to keep her," Brasher said.

Brasher believes years of verbal abuse and other financial issues took a toll on her daughter and she hopes the 18-year-old receives mental health treatment, instead of a life behind bars.

"She deserves to be punished for what she did, but she deserves to have a life. I really hope she gets mental help," Brasher said.

Ameera is being held without bond at the Genesee County Jail. 

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