Police: 17-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Murder After Strangling Mother In Rock Hill Hotel Room

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A 17-year-old has been charged with attempted murder after she strangled her mother in a Rock Hill hotel room Saturday morning, police say.

Officers responded to Howard Johnson hotel, located on Riverview Road, around 8:15 a.m. to investigate after receiving a call that someone may have been murdered at the location.

The caller informed officials that her 17-year-old granddaughter came to her home advising she may have just killed her mother at the hotel. Police said they were were familiar with the 17-year-old and her mother due to events earlier in the morning.

On the same day around 6 a.m., officers had responded to the hotel due to the teen causing a disturbance in the lobby of the hotel. The hotel staff requested the 17-year-old and her mother leave and be placed on trespass notice. Officers informed them they had to leave the hotel and they were given until 11 a.m. to leave by staff.

After receiving the phone call, officers went back to the hotel where they found the door to the room open and could see the 38-year-old victim face down on the bed.

Officers entered the room and were able to get a response from the victim who had ligature marks on her neck. The victim was coherent but was unable to remember the events of the incident. EMS was called to treat the victim who was transported to get further treatment.

The Rock Hill Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic Services Unit responded to assist in the investigation. While on scene, detectives received a call that there was video of the incident showing the 17-year-old strangle her mother and leave her in the hotel room.

According to police, officers were able to locate the 17-year-old daughter and arrest her for attempted murder. The 17-year-old was charged as an adult based on the severity of the crime and detained pending court proceedings.