• A 33-year-old New York woman was arrested after allegedly stabbing her 60-year-old mother five times
  • The elderly woman allegedly refused to recite a prayer from the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion
  • The mother is expected to recover from her injuries

A 33-year-old woman in Manhattan, New York, allegedly stabbed her elderly mother several times after she refused to recite a religious prayer, police said Wednesday.

The woman, identified as Jackeline Cordero, allegedly grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen of her family's Madison Street apartment in the Lower East Side around noon Tuesday and threatened to kill her 60-year-old mother if she did not say the prayer from the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion, the New York Post first reported, citing cops and unnamed sources.

Cordero allegedly followed up on her words and stabbed her mother a total of five times after the latter refused, including once in her stomach, police said. The mother was able to escape and called 911 from a neighbor’s apartment.

According to police, Cordero was taken into custody on the roof of the apartment building. She was charged with assault and taken to Bellevue Hospital.

The unnamed mother was also taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she is expected to recover, the report said.

A similar incident happened in El Paso, Texas, last week when a 40-year-old man set fire to his home, killing his brother and critically injuring his mother because the two "did not follow the Bible."

Philip Mills, 40, was charged with capital murder and arson for setting his family's home on fire on the night of July 22, which killed his 54-year-old brother, Paul Mills, and severely injured his 82-year-old mother, Florence Annette Mills.

Philip told investigators that he used gasoline from a weed whacker and poured it onto a living room couch. He then set the liquid on fire and waited outside the home with "large rocks in his hands" in case his brother made it out of the home alive, according to an arrest affidavit cited by KTSM.

Another Bible-related incident occurred in Wayne County, Mississippi, earlier this month when an argument between two men over Bible verses led to one of the men dying.

Sherrod Alexander Laffitte, 32, was pronounced dead at his Waynesboro home on July 7 following an argument with 41-year-old Samuel McDougle. McDougle allegedly strangled Laffitte to death during an argument over Bible verses.

McDougle surrendered later that night. He was charged with second-degree murder, and his bond was set at $1 million.

Laffitte's body was sent to the nearby city of Jackson for an autopsy, and results confirmed he had died of strangulation.

Representation. Jackeline Cordero, was arrested after she allegedly stabbed her mother several times for not reciting a prayer. Pixabay