Aiden Fucci, 14, has been accused of killing 13-year-old classmate Tristyn Bailey by stabbing her more than 100 times

By Nicholas Rice

The mother of the 14-year-old Florida boy who allegedly stabbed a 13-year-old cheerleader 114 times, killing her, has turned herself in to authorities after she was suspected of tampering with evidence, investigators said.

Crystal Smith, the mother of Aiden Fucci, was booked into jail just after 12pm on Saturday and released at 1:40pm by the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office, according to WTLV-TV

Smith is alleged to have been caught on surveillance footage going into her son’s bedroom after his arrest on May 10. 

She allegedly retrieved a pair of blood-stained jeans, cleaned them, and then put them back in the bedroom.

Suspect’s mother arrested

Investigators who returned to the home after Fucci’s arrest took the pair of jeans from his bedroom. They then conducted tests which showed blood traces on the jeans as well as inside a drain in the bathroom.

Aiden Fucci appeared in court via Zoom last Friday (May 28) to be charged as an adult with the murder of cheerleader Tristyn Bailey, who prosecutors say he stabbed 114 times in a cold blooded murder. 

Fucci was arrested on May 10, a day after 13 year-old Tristyn’s body was found covered with knife wounds in St Johns, Florida. 

He was pictured in a new mugshot released last Friday, after charges against him were upgraded. 

‘I remain incredibly proud of the men and women of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office for their continued thoroughness in this investigation,’ Sheriff Hardwick said in a written statement Saturday. 

‘Crystal Smith will be held responsible for her role in this case and justice will be served for Tristyn Bailey and her family.’ 

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