A Florida woman who works as a school employee was arrested after stabbing her boyfriend to death.
Rose Marie Hernandez-Rosa, 38, is being charged with second-degree homicide and tampering with evidence. She is a cafeteria worker at Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy in Polk County, Florida.
Officers arrived after 1:30 a.m. to find live-in boyfriend Joyssie Weayne Colon Candelaria, 34, lying in a puddle of his own blood in a bathroom at the Parkview Village apartment that he and Hernandez-Rosa shared. Polk County Emergency Medical Services responded and pronounced Colon Candelaria dead before 2 a.m.
Through the investigation, detectives found a single puncture wound to the left collarbone area. An autopsy revealed that Colon Candelaria was fatally struck in an artery, which caused him to bleed out.
Blood was also found throughout the bathroom, including on the walls and the bathtub.
Hernandez-Rosa initially claimed that she found Colon Candelaria lying face down before calling 911. She told detectives that Colon Candelaria is a cocaine user but denied ever seeing him use cocaine. None was found at the scene.
Hernandez-Rosa said the two were involved in a physical altercation earlier in the evening but denied stabbing him until she was shown a picture of the wound. Hernandez-Rosa then said that during the altercation, she had a pair of scissors in her hand and that’s what she used to stab him.
She told detectives that after the stabbing, she ran into her bedroom and locked the door.
Hernandez-Rosa gave multiple accounts of what she did with the scissors. She first said that they were in her bedroom before later claiming to have thrown them in a community dumpster. The scissors were not found.
A child was present at the time but witnessed none of the altercation, according to police.
Hernandez-Rosa was arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail.