Cheryl Silvonek, 54, of Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, was found dead on March 15

By Tara Fowler
Updated April 06, 2015 03:50 PM
Courtesy Jamie Silvonek/Twitter; Courtesy Caleb Barnes/Facebook

A 14-year-old girl charged with her mother’s murder allegedly sent a series of damning texts to her boyfriend the day before her mother was found dead.

In one, Jamie Silvonek, who has been charged as an adult, allegedly writes, “She needs to go,” according to the Reading Eagle. In another, she writes, “I want her gone.”

Cheryl Silvonek, 54, of Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, was found dead on March 15. Police say Jamie’s boyfriend, 20-year-old soldier Caleb G. Barnes, stabbed the victim multiple times in the head, neck and torso while her daughter watched, the Morning Call reports.

The killing was allegedly prompted by the mother’s refusal to allow her daughter to date the much-older Barnes, according to a probable-cause affidavit obtained by the Huffington Post.

“Caleb if [my mom] asks about your age say 16 and a half again, and that the reason you said 20 is you are used to lying about it to fellow soldiers in the army to avoid harassment so when you’re in stressful scenarios it just comes out,” Jamie writes in another text.

A lawyer for the eighth-grader says he believes that Barnes orchestrated the slaying, despite the evidence in the damning text exchanges. Attorney John Waldron described the 20-year-old as the “primary leader and manipulator,” the Morning Call reports.

“Everything that Barnes did, he willingly did,” Waldron said. “He’s the man, he’s the adult.”

He plans to petition for the case to be sent back to juvenile court. Currently, Jamie is the youngest girl ever to be charged with homicide in Lehigh County.

But Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin says he feels the charges are fair. “We charged her as an adult because it is appropriate to do so,” he said.

Earlier, Waldron said that Jamie is “devastated” by the killing. “She’s just crying for her mom, saying she misses her mom,” he said. “This is a child, who just turned 14. She’s in shock.”

Barnes is charged with homicide, abuse of a corpse and statutory sexual assault. He is being held in Lehigh County Jail without bail.

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