Boy accused of killing mom due in court says solicitor’s office

A contract worker found the body of Isabel Cristina Zuluaga, 44, Tuesday morning at the home on Hipps Avenue in the Simpsonville area.
A contract worker found the body of Isabel Cristina Zuluaga, 44, Tuesday morning at the home on Hipps Avenue in the Simpsonville area.

GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) – The 13-year-old who admitted to killing his mother in Simpsonville will appear in family court Tuesday morning, according to the solicitor’s office.

Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis announced during a press conference that the boy admitted to deputies that he stabbed his mother to death.

Isabel Cristina Zuluaga, 44, was found at her home on Hipps Avenue.

The coroner said Zuluaga died from multiple stab wounds to her torso.

A contractor who was doing work on the home found the boy in a crawlspace, Loftis has said.

The contractor also saw blood dripping from the home into the crawlspace, according to Loftis.

The contractor told deputies he found Zuluaga dead in a bedroom inside the home.

Deputies found her son, a Bryson Middle School student, walking along Woodruff Road later that morning near the Spartanburg County line.

Sheriff Loftis said once the teen was in custody, the teen admitted to stabbing his mother.

Loftis said the teen has shown no remorse.

Tuesday’s hearing will determine if the teen will be tried as an adult in the killing.

The teen’s name will not be released unless it’s decided that he will be tried as an adult.

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