Jealous Sister Kills Younger Sibling And Her Infant Baby

Yanelly Solorio-Rivera, 18, and her 3-week-old infant daughter, Celine Solorio-Rivera
Yanelly Solorio-Rivera, 18, and her 3-week-old infant daughter, Celine Solorio-Rivera

The woman killed her younger sister and 3-week-old daughter because of “jealousy” and a “sibling rivalry,” authorities said.

According to police, Yarelly Solorio-Rivera, 22, was arrested Wednesday for the shooting deaths of her 18-year-old sister, Yanelly Solorio-Rivera, and her baby, Celine, on Sept. 24.

Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama said both are charged with two counts of premeditated murder.

“We have the murder weapon, a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun, and a motive – jealousy and sibling rivalry,” he said. “There was no remorse or guilt at all.”

On the day of the killings, police were called to a home at around 7:20 a.m. over reports of multiple gunshots in a bedroom.

Balderrama stated that “the scene was traumatic for all officers, detectives, EMS personnel, and crime scene technicians who responded to the call.”

Police found Yanelly Solorio-Rivera and the child dead. Solorio-Rivera had been shot multiple times.

The chief said investigators had strong suspicions early on, but did not have enough evidence to make an arrest.

Balderrama described this murder as “intricate and well-planned”.

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