Captain America actress Mollie Fitzgerald arrested for allegedly killing mother

Mollie Fitzgerald was arrested for allegedly fatally stabbing her mother.
Mollie Fitzgerald was arrested for allegedly fatally stabbing her mother. Photo credit: Johnson County Sheriff's Office

An actress who had a small role in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger has been arrested for allegedly fatally stabbing her mother.

Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, was arrested by police on Tuesday in Olathe, Kansas, and is charged with second-degree murder, the Kansas City Star reported. She is jailed on a US$500,000 (NZ$743,716) bond.

Police found her 68-year-old mother Patricia Fitzgerald dead from an apparent stab wound inside her home on December 20. There were calls to police of an armed disturbance, and Mollie was found on the scene and taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Local police said everyone involved in the incident had been identified, but the case was still under investigation.

Mollie played 'Stark Girl' in Captain America: The First Avenger, and she also directed and produced some short films between 2014 and 2018, according to website IMDb.

In a July 2011 interview with a comic book publication, she said working on Captain America was one of the "best experiences" of her life.

"You can't pay for the experience I've had," she added, even though her acting role was "very small".

Patricia was moving back to the Kansas City area after living in Houston for several decades, her brother Gary Hunziker told the Kansas City Star.

Their family grew up on a farm in rural Missouri, but after studying physical therapy at the University of Missouri, she moved to Houston where her husband had a law firm.

Hunziker, 72, said he didn't know many details around the circumstances of her death.

"We were shocked," he said. "[But] it doesn’t matter the circumstances - the loss of a sister is what it's all about."

The family has reportedly planned Patricia's funeral for Friday.