BESSEMER, Ala. — Alabama authorities Monday arrested a 29-year-old woman on murder charges in the slaying of her mother, who died over the weekend after being stabbed in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Ashia Christine Huddleston was captured Monday morning by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force and Bessemer police, said Sgt. Cortice Miles of Bessemer police. Huddleston had eluded authorities for nearly two days after fleeing the scene of the stabbing Saturday.

Authorities have accused Huddleston of stabbing her mother, 49-year-old Tammy Lynn Huddleston, several times in the abdomen in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Bessemer. Witnesses told police they saw the two women fighting before the younger Huddleston stabbed her mother and fled in a car with her boyfriend.

Tammy Lynn Huddleston died Sunday morning at a hospital from her injuries. The violent slaying stunned her friends, who remembered the victim as a caring mother and grandmother, al.com reported (http://bit.ly/2bvJmFF).

“She was a great mother that went far and beyond to help her kids,” said friend Kimberly Clayton. “She not only raised her daughter and her son, but she was raising her daughter’s two daughters. She ate, slept and lived for those grandkids.”

Ashia Huddleston was jailed Monday with her bond set at $250,000. It was not immediately known if she had an attorney representing her.

Miles said the suspect’s boyfriend had been cooperating with police.

Clayton said after the stabbing she messaged Ashia Huddleston and pleaded with her to turn herself in to police. She said the young woman blocked her phone number after replying: “It was an accident.”

“I hate that her daughter did this,” Clayton said. “I hope they lock her up for a long time. You don’t murder the lady that brought you into this world and always had your back no matter what.”

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