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Police use bloody footprints to track woman in mom’s death

January 19, 2018

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say bloody footprints and cell phone records led them to a woman accused of fatally beating her mother.

Melbourne police said Friday that 38-year-old Stefanie Dobson may have used a decorative elephant or other “Asian-style decor” to bludgeon Susan Dobson on Jan. 13.

Florida Today reports police Stefanie Dobson called police that day, saying she’d found Susan Dobson dead on the floor.

An arrest report says officers found no sign of forced entry, bloody partial footprints and blood-soaked towels that indicated someone had tried to clean up the area. They also found $500 in her purse and other valuables that indicated robbery wasn’t a motive.

Police interviewed Stefanie Dobson and examined her phone.

Stefanie Dobson is charged with second-degree murder. Jail records don’t list a lawyer.

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