Grandma Charged in Killing 7-Year-Old Grandson Because She Was 'Fed Up'


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Sixty-three-year-old Martha White of Killearn Lakes Plantation, Florida, reportedly was drinking and taking Xanax when she was watching her two grandsons -- 7-year-old Mason Rhineheart and his 8-year-old brother who has remained unnamed. Something snapped inside her. She was not in her right mind when she asked Mason to come with her to the bathroom because she had a "surprise" for him.

Parents worry about who they leave their kids with all the time. There is a certain ease we have when it's the grandparent who is taking care of them for us. In this case, it seems, one grandmother had a moment of insanity and she killed her grandson because she was "fed up."

This is so terribly sad. This grandmother wasn't in her right mind if she was taking Xanax and drinking. But how much in her right mind was she before that? She did make the decision to take Xanax and drink while watching her grandchildren. We cannot be under the influence when taking care of kids.

The two brothers were said to have been playing video games when their grandmother told Mason to come with her for a "surprise" in the bathroom. She took him in, locked the door, and stabbed him multiple times in the chest. Mason's brother heard him screaming, "I don't want to die, please don't kill me." This is so heartbreaking, so hard to read. He tried to break into the room but couldn't so he called his father and found a place to hide. This is an 8-year-old we're talking about. An 8-year-old who has just heard his 7-year-old brother being murdered by their grandmother. This is just the most awful story. There are too many senseless murders of children. It must stop.

The grandma left Mason dying on the bathroom floor and seemed to look for his brother. She couldn't find him, but as she left the home, the hiding child said he heard her saying that she had a "surprise" for him, too. The police found her in her car with alcohol and Xanax, covered in blood. She was brought to Leon County Jail.

Thankfully Mason's brother was unharmed in the physical sense, but his loss and the pain that he is going through must be so hard to handle. This family has been destroyed. I can't help but wonder if there were signs. We all get "fed up" with kids from time to time, but we don't murder them. Did the grandmother show signs of despair? Did she have a problem with alcohol and drug abuse prior to this incident? Was she resentful when she watched her grandkids? These are not excuses, of course. But when there is a crime like this where a family is torn apart and an innocent child has been murdered, the questions always seem to outnumber the answers.

My sincerest condolences to this family, especially to Mason's brother who, I hope, gets the help and love he needs at this time and always.

What do you think should happen to this grandmother?


Image via Leon County Jail

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Jeana... JeanaJaybird

I wouldn't blame the combination of Xanax and alcohol .. this is obviously a very sick woman. There isn't enough pills and alcohol in the world that could make normal people do things this senseless.. She doesn't deserve to breathe our air. I say off with her head (after the torture chair).

00NoW... 00NoWay00

WTF is wrong with people?!?!?!?! This is so sad. I don't care how angry a child makes you. You don't kill them. If you can't handle them, call the parents or even the police for help. There is NO excuse. I hope the worthless piece of shit grandmother rots in prison.

iicar... iicarmerin

I know lots of people who get fed up with their kids, but the don't stab them to death. Anyone who feels that killing somebody else is the way to solve a problem is crazy. She needs to go to jail for the rest of her life, normal people don't do these kinds of things.

Tralferion Seven

This should be a lesson to all of us NOT to use orphans as yardage markers at the driving range! Especially BLIND orphans!!!

nonmember avatar Lynda lee

Tralferion Seven.....umm huh?????

nonmember avatar FedUp

So... how mad were you that you couldn't make this into an anti-gun rant???

Lando... Landon2012

I don't blame the booze and zanex I blame that horriable grandmother she knew what she was doing to that poor little boy I hope she gets jail time. My heart goes out to that poor family sad just sad.

Lisa Schaefer

really jail for this grandmother? do you think she deserves jail for the rest of her life? she deserves the death sentence. jail is getting off easy. 3 meals a day, job, movie nights no way.jail is for drugs, for stealing, not murder.

nonmember avatar Non member

This is not a grandmother or nor she have the title. Because a grandmother would never do this to her grandkids. Only a fucking monster would. Sick bitch she is

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