LIMA — A teenager who stabbed her sister to death was ordered Tuesday to remain in a mental hospital.
Kenyada Vorise-Jackson asked for changes in her classification inside the mental institution where she stays. Judge Jeffrey Reed approved a Level 2 change, which allows her to be escorted around the facility when needed.
Reed also approved a Level 4 change, which allows Vorise-Jackson to be taken, under staff escort, to doctor appointments outside the mental institution.
Reed ruled last year Vorise-Jackson was not guilty by reason of insanity. Reed ordered she be sent to a mental hospital. Under law, Vorise-Jackson’s case has to be reviewed periodically to check her status. She is not expected to be released anytime soon, Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said.
The slaying happened May 31, 2011, at 1913 Burch Ave., where Vorise-Jackson lived with her parents. Police found her sister dead and her mother wounded.
Vorise-Jackson was acquitted of five charges, including aggravated murder, after Reed ruled she was she was mentally ill.
The crime happened just days before Vorise-Jackson was to graduate from Elida High School. Vorise-Jackson has a lengthy history of mental illness and had stopped taking her medication before the incident. The medicine was used to treat bipolar and atypical psychotic episodes. She stopped taking the medicine, saying it made her feel sluggish and she didn’t like that feeling as a track athlete in high school.
Vorise-Jackson had cut her sister’s hand the night of the incident. When her mother asked her about it, she stabbed her mother in the chest. Her mother removed the knife and ran to the front door to escape, but not before Vorise-Jackson stabbed her numerous more times.
The mother eventually escaped, and Vorise-Jackson turned to her 4-year-old sister, Linda Jackson. She stabbed her sister 47 times and dismembered her. Vorise-Jackson ran out of the house. Police found her hiding under a car, naked and covered in blood.