Mother arrested for fatally stabbing 16 year old son

Mountain Home, Arkansas: 44-year-old Rebecca Lynn Henley was arrested just after midnight on Monday, March 21, on a charge of first-degree murder and has been booked into the Baxter County Jail.


She remains in custody on a bond of $500,000.


Mountain Hope Police Chief Eddie Griffin said that officers were dispatched around 10:30 pm on Sunday night after Henley called 911 to report that she had "just woke up and stabbed her son."


Officers arrived at the residence and immediately transported the unidentified 16-year-old to the Baxter Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.


KTLO reports that another juvenile was present in the home at the time of the stabbing. That child was uninjured.


Citing the arrest warrant, Henley reportedly told officers that she had stabbed her son "for righteousness, to save everybody."


According to Law and Crime, Henley had just been awarded custody of the boy 12 days before.


Baxter County court records indicate an ongoing case related to domestic issues resulting in petitions for orders of protection dating as far back as March 11, 2021, with a filing indicating a new protection order as recently as March 8, 2022.


The case remains under investigation by the Arkansas State Police and Mountain Home Police Department.