Oakland girl stabbed to death identified, mother is sole suspect

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A 10-year-old girl was found stabbed to death inside her East Oakland home, and police believe her mother was the killer. 

The young victim was identified by her father as Sophia Lorenzo. 

The heartbroken father, Federico Lorenzo, cried on Wednesday while telling the press how Sophia is a playful and social girl. 

Monday morning, police received a 911 call. Officers were dispatched to an apartment on Bancroft Avenue and found Sophia with slash wounds across her neck. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police also found Sophia’s mother suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds.

“The suspect was harming themselves with a knife,” Interim Police Chief Darren Allison said.

The mother was identified as Rosa Orozco. Orozco was taken to the hospital in critical condition. 

According to Federico Lorenzo, Orozco had a restraining order against him, and they used a friend to communicate. 

Federico said he and Orozco had disagreements when they were together but they always left Sophia out of it. 

The friend, Nancy Lena, who usually communicates with Orozco, said she noticed a change in Orozco’s text messages starting in January. 

“I didn’t want to jump to a conclusion. I was worried,” Lena said.

According to Oakland police, they have been called to Orozco’s home for previous incidents. 

Chief Allison described the girl’s death as a “senseless and horrific act of violence. As a parent, I know that there is nothing that tears at the heart than the loss of a child.”

The Alameda County Coroner’s Office returned Sophia’s body to her family and they are now planning her funeral.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.