‘I’m a murderer’: Daughter who gouged mom’s eyes out and put them on cardboard box pleads guilty, sentenced to prison

A woman who gouged her mother’s eyes out and placed them on a cardboard box in a drug-induced killing has pleaded guilty, according to court records.

A Florida judge Monday sentenced Camille Balla to 15 years in prison followed by 15 years probation after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter with a weapon in the death of 55-year-old Francisca Montiero-Balla.

She was initially charged with first-degree murder and slated to go to trial on Dec. 1. Balla, 38, was credited for more than 5 years of jail time, which means she’ll be released from prison in less than 10 years.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home around 1:40 a.m. on March 16, 2018, after Balla told a co-worker she may have murdered her mother. When deputies arrived, Balla appeared frantic as she sat on the sidewalk covered in blood with cuts on her hands and knees, a probable cause arrest affidavit reviewed by Law&Crime says. She told deputies, “I killed my mother, and I need help.” She said her mom was in the garage and handed them keys, which were also covered in blood.

Deputies found Montiero-Balla dead in the garage. She had multiple deep and traumatic large lacerations throughout her body, including her head, arms, chest, stomach and groin, the affidavit said.

“It appeared that Montiero-Balla’s eyes had been removed from her head and placed on a nearby box,” deputies wrote.

Camille Balla screams during an initial court appearance on murder charges back in 2019. On Nov. 27, 2023, Balla pleaded guilty to manslaughter after she killed her mom, Francisca Monteiro-Balla and gouged her eyes out. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison. (WPTV/YouTube)

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