Mom Charged With Killing Her Daughter & Father in Horrifying Murder Case

meredith jessie, mark weeklySome true crime stories are so horrible, it's almost impossible for decent human beings (or just human beings who aren't completely evil) to wrap our heads around -- and a 25-year-old Florida mom's alleged grisly murder of her father and 6-year-old daughter is one of those stories.

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It's a twisted tale featuring a particularly bizarre attempt at a cover-up, and it all started Saturday when Cheyanne Jessie reported her 50-year-old father, Mark Weekly, and daughter Meredith Jessie (pictured above) missing. Jessie told authorities that she received an "ominous text" from her dad while Meredith was in his care a couple of weeks ago. 

"He had a terminal illness and had less than a year to live and wanted to spend his remaining days with his granddaughter," Jessie told the police, adding that her father wanted her to sell his belongings.

But that wasn't what happened at all: Jessie's father and daughter were missing because she killed them both. Jessie was afraid that her daughter would "hinder her relationship" with a new boyfriend. Truly tragic -- but then it gets downright weird: After shooting and stabbing her family members, Jessie reportedly watched an episode of the crime drama Criminal Minds, then put the bodies in plastic bins and allegedly moved the bins to a shed down the street belonging to her landlord. 

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Thanks to "numerous inconsistencies" in her account, police doubted Jessie's story and the bodies were discovered on Sunday. According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Jessie and her father got into an argument over her new boyfriend, and things went downhill from there:

"She was frustrated with the child, and as a result, she didn't want the child to mess up the relationship she had with the boyfriend," said Judd. 

At first Jessie said she killed her father in self-defense, but investigators weren't falling for it:

"She supposedly gets the knife from her father after the father is fighting and slashing at her with the knife and accidentally stabs the 6-year-old. None of the evidence supports this," said Judd.

Jessie has since been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence. It's worth noting that, according to family members, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and is bi-polar and was recently put on medication. Here she is:

cheyanne jessie

So it looks, at least, as if justice will be served here -- but of course nothing can bring that little girl or her grandpa back. It's just a case of cold-blooded murder, plain and simple. And as for the Criminal Minds link, well, I would hesitate to make too much of that connection. Clearly Jessie has a "criminal mind" to begin with, and would have found inspiration for what to do with the bodies one way or another. It's just such a chilling reminder that evil can lurk literally anywhere, and that innocent people like little Meredith are so often its victims. All we can do at this point is pray that both Meredith and her grandfather Mark are at peace now.


Images via Polk County Sheriff's Office

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