The official mugshot of Derek Rosa, who allegedly stabbed his mother to death, was released by Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation

The official mugshot of the 13-year-old Florida boy who allegedly stabbed and killed his mother while she was sleeping has been released. 

Derek Rosa, from Hialeah, Florida, is accused of murdering his mother, Irena Garcia, 39, in her bedroom next to a crib containing his 14-day-old baby sister last Thursday. 

Officers arrived at the scene to find Garcia lying dead from several stab wounds to the neck in the family’s apartment and the baby lying next to her unharmed.  

Rosa is being held at the Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation facility and is facing a first-degree murder charge.

He has been charged as an adult in court and did not appear at his first hearing today. 

The official mugshot of Derek Rosa, who allegedly stabbed his mother to death, was released by Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation

The official mugshot of Derek Rosa, who allegedly stabbed his mother to death, was released by Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation

The official mugshot of Derek Rosa, who allegedly stabbed his mother to death, was released by Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation

Rosa's mother, Irena Garcia, 39, had just given birth to his younger sister two weeks before. The baby was found lying beside her dead body, unharmed

Rosa's mother, Irena Garcia, 39, had just given birth to his younger sister two weeks before. The baby was found lying beside her dead body, unharmed

Rosa’s mother, Irena Garcia, 39, had just given birth to his younger sister two weeks before. The baby was found lying beside her dead body, unharmed

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office officials said a grand jury has formally charged him. 

Rosa’s father and grandmother appeared on behalf of the juvenile today. During the hearing, emotional pleas were made, emphasizing support for the young boy.

‘It’s very unfortunate that this tragedy occurred,’ said his father, ‘but this child is very humble, very peaceful and no one could imagine that this would ever happen.’

After today’s court hearing, a judge has ordered him to be held without bond and transferred to the Metro West Detention Center. 

He will be held for the time being while the judge reviews the defense’s request to return him to juvenile custody.

Lt. Eddie Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the Hialeah Police Department, told WPLG-TV the honors student called 911 just after 11.30pm to report that he had ‘just murdered his mother.’

A copy of the dispatch call was also released by the police a few days before the first hearing. 

Rosa allegedly told the dispatcher that he took pictures of his dead mother and sent them to friends

Rosa allegedly told the dispatcher that he took pictures of his dead mother and sent them to friends

Rosa allegedly told the dispatcher that he took pictures of his dead mother and sent them to friends

Rosa posed with his mother and stepfather in matching outfits for a maternity photo shoot

Rosa posed with his mother and stepfather in matching outfits for a maternity photo shoot

Rosa posed with his mother and stepfather in matching outfits for a maternity photo shoot

In the transcript, the dispatcher asks Rosa, ‘Why did you kill your mom?’ but no response is recorded. 

Rosa told the dispatcher that he snapped pictures of his dead mother and sent them to friends. 

He is heard saying: ‘I took pictures and I told my friends about it. Is that bad?’ 

The police have not yet confirmed details pictures have not yet been released. He also told the dispatcher that he was ‘very sad’ and wanted to ‘shoot himself with a gun’ he had. 

Police believe the boy had waited until his mother had fallen asleep and then stabbed her multiple times. 

Rosa is an honor student at iMater Charter Middle/High School. 

Lieutenant Rodriguez said it was ‘not what you’d think or expect walking into that home or seeing that crime scene.’

Footage from the scene showed the boy walking out of the apartment as he was taken into police custody. 

One neighbor, Lazaro Rodriguez, said: ‘I was shocked, just shocked by the news. He was always with his mom, calm, he would help her carry packages or shopping bags. I never saw anything abnormal with him. I don’t know what could’ve happened.’

Rodriguez told Local 10 News last week that the boy had no history of mental health issues and police had not been to the family’s apartment before. 

He said: ‘Neighbors don’t know of any problems inside the home. So this has detectives and us dumbfounded.’

Rosa lived in the apartment with his mother, newborn sister and his stepfather, who works as a truck driver – all of whom he reportedly got along well with.

Rosa was taken into custody by police on October 12. A copy of the 911 dispatch call was released by police this week

Rosa was taken into custody by police on October 12. A copy of the 911 dispatch call was released by police this week

Rosa was taken into custody by police on October 12. A copy of the 911 dispatch call was released by police this week 

The block of flats where Rosa lived in Florida with his family

The block of flats where Rosa lived in Florida with his family

The block of flats where Rosa lived in Florida with his family

Rosa was alone in the apartment with his baby sister and their mother on Thursday evening. His stepfather was reportedly away in Georgia at the time.  

Other family members were seen arriving at the apartment after Rosa was taken into custody.

A photo of the family shared by local news outlets just before Garcia gave birth shows Rosa and his stepfather in matching light pink polo shirts and khakis, lovingly cradling Garcia’s baby bump. 

Officials said his baby sister is now with her grandmother. 

The teen was taken to a juvenile detention center and then moved to Jackson Memorial Hospital after he threatened to harm himself. 

Rosa is set to face a judge in an arraignment hearing next week.  

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