Osceola County woman accused of stabbing father, 2 children

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A woman is accused of stabbing a 10-year-old and 14-year-old and their father.


Sheriff Marcos Lopez said deputies entered the home where they saw the resident, Alleton Ricks, holding down Doris Espinoza-Rodriguez.

Lopez said Espinoza-Rodriguez lived in the home with Ricks and his two children.

“The dad indicated he went to dinner early in the evening with Doris, and they got in a verbal altercation,” Lopez said. “That argument continued when they got home.”

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Lopez said not long after, Espinoza-Rodriguez stabbed Ricks’ 10-year-old daughter.

His 14-year-old son stepped in to help, and was stabbed, too.

Lopez said the older brother “is truly a hero.”

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“It just goes to show the love of a sibling (and) how far you’ll go to defend your brother or sister,” Lopez said.

Ricks was eventually able to get the knife away from Espinoza-Rodriguez and hold her down until deputies arrived. He was also hurt in the process.

Espinoza Rodrigues is now facing multiple charges, including attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.