Melbourne Woman Kills Own Mother With Elephant Statue

Police say a Melbourne woman killed her own mother.
Police say a Melbourne woman killed her own mother. Photo by Brevard County Jail.

MELBOURNE, Florida – A 38-year-old woman has been charged with Second Degree Murder for the allegedly killing her own mother, police say.

Stefanie Dobson of Melbourne told Melbourne police that she had just returned home with her daughter when the two discovered her mother, Susan Dobson, lying on the living room floor, according to the report.

Police received a 911 call a short time later about an unresponsive female covered in blood at 75 Short Hills Lane, in Melbourne.

Investigators say there was no sign of forced entry into the apartment. The victim had what appeared to be defensive wounds and injuries that appeared to be the result of blunt force trauma, police said.

Melbourne detectives also noted several partial bloody footprints that had appeared to have dried hours before police arrived.

Dobson told investigators that she made the footprints after discovering the body. However, police determined that blood splatter occurred on top of the dried footprints, indicating that the footprints were made during the commission of the murder.

Homicide investigators believe that an ornamental elephant statue in the home was the murder weapon.

Dobson allegedly asked a friend to kill her mother a week prior to the murder taking place, a witness told police.

Dobson was arrested and booked into the Brevard County Jail for processing.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.