A Mother's Tragic Story Of How Her Son Murdered Her Daughter

Posted by Missy aka Tizzy in Heartbreaking On 23rd December 2017

13-year-old, Paris Bennet, stabbed his four-year-old sister to death in cold blood. His mother, Charity Lee, came home to any mother's worst nightmare.


To add to her pain, Lee has had to deal with a most brutal confrontation with a random stranger while in the grocery store. The shopper blocked her path down the aisle and yelled at her, "I know who you are. You should watch your son be executed because he is a monster and you raised him!"

Lee completely broke down after her confrontation with the obscenely rude shopper. She looked at the woman and replied,"Ma’am. I don’t know who you are, but you really need to get counseling." Lee ended up abandoning her shopping cart and ran out of the store. Lee says that this was not an isolated incident. She says that, in most cases, the people give their opinion and change it after talking to her first.

Lee's story of love, grief, and forgiveness was featured in a popular documentary, 'The Family I Had' on Investigation Discovery. Lee spoke about the horror that broke up her family ten years ago.

Lee, who is a prison right's activist, holds on to the memory of her daughter, Ella, by visiting her now 24-year-old son in jail. Paris Bennet is serving out a 40-year sentence. That is the maximum sentence that a juvenile in the state of Texas can serve. he will be up for parole in 2027.

Lee says that she has forgiven Paris, but it is an ongoing process. She says that if he were not in jail, she would be scared of him. His incarceration is the only thing that gives her peace of mind even though she does worry about his safety.


Sadly, this kind of violence has followed Lee all of her life. When she was six-years-old, the police found the body of her father in his home. He had been shot several times in the back of the head execution style. Lee's mother, Kyla Bennett, became the prime suspect in his murder.

Kyla Bennet ended up being charged with hiring a hit man to kill her husband. During the trial, prosecutors showed evidence that Lee's mother had talked about arranging the killing with a truck driver. However, Kyla Bennett was acquitted of the murder charges. Lee grew up with her mother but became a cocaine addict by the time she became a teenager. This habit would end up haunting her later in life.

Lee remembers the day, almost ten years ago, when police came up to her at a Buffalo Wild Wings where she was working as a waitress. She recalls the conversation that would change her life forever, "And I was saying: 'you need to take me to Ella now' and they were like: 'You can't go … she's dead."

"And that made no sense because I knew that I’d left her at home with a babysitter and her brother, so I said, 'Is my son OK?' And they said, 'We have him.' … That's when everything stopped making sense."


Lee talks about how Paris was a gifted child with an IQ of 141. He somehow managed to convince the babysitter to leave. That is when he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed his little sister while she was asleep in her bed.

He mercilessly choked, beat, and stabbed the little girl. Then, he called one of his schoolmates on the phone. After that call, he then called 911. Paris even pretended to follow the dispatcher's instructions on how to perform CPR. The police found zero evidence that Paris attempted any kind of first aid.

At first, Paris claimed that he killed his sister because he had a hallucination where she was inflamed and taken on a demonic form. Eventually, he went on to reveal the real reason that he killed her and that was even scarier and shocking. He said that he simply woke up that morning wanting to kill someone.

Lee wanted to believe Paris' version of what had happened, but after seeing the autopsy report she realized how much her little daughter had truly suffered at the hands of her big brother. The reports also stated that the detectives found semen on the bed where they found Ella, and semen was also present inside the shorts that Paris was wearing that night.

Lee says that Ella was an easy target because most predators will not go after someone that is bigger than they are. Paris had told the detectives that his initial target was going to be his mother. He had planned to kill her when she got home from work that night. Lee said, "The second reason was the realization if he’d killed me, I only would have suffered for five, 10, 15 minutes. But, if he left me alive [without Ella], I would suffer for the rest of my life."

Paris said that he wanted to kill his mother because she was a former heroin addict who quit her habit before her son was born. Sadly, she had a relapse and became addicted to cocaine when Paris was 9 and Ella was 2. "It was like a good six-month period I was back using," Lee said. "I know it had an impact on him. … It’s the one thing, that huge regret I wish I could go back and change." "The fact is, it made him angry and he chose to handle it that way [by killing Ella]."

After all of this Lee refuses to abandon her son. She claims that her maternal instincts have overtaken the anger and horror. During an interview for 'The Family I Once Had.' Paris revealed, "I chose to do my crime and I take full responsibility for my crime. And I wouldn’t say there was a predisposition to what happened."


In 2012, Lee gave birth to another daughter who she named Phoenix. Lee says that she is happy that the prison rules ban Paris from having any visitors under the age of 17. "If Paris wasn’t in prison or was able to meet Phoenix, I would have to do a lot more soul-searching," she said.

Butterflies have become Ella's symbol after the preschool gave Lee a painting of a butterfly that Ella had done in class prior to her tragic death. When Lee had finally found the courage to go back into her home where Ella was brutally murdered by her older brother, she found a butterfly brooch. Lee has even had several butterflies tattooed on her in memory of Ella.

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