Every once in awhile, you hear about a crime that is so unbelievably tragic, it’s hard to imagine it being real. This case definitely falls under that category.
A 14-year-old girl from Mundelein, Illinois, is being charged with first-degree murder for stabbing her 11-year-old half-sister to death.
From The Chicago Tribune:
A 14-year-old girl grabbed a kitchen knife and barged into her 11-year-old sister’s bedroom and stabbed her repeatedly, yelling each time that she did not appreciate all that the older sister had done for her, prosecutors said in court today.
She washed off the blood and called their mother, making up a story about waking to her sister’s screams and seeing a man straddling the younger girl and stabbing her, Kasten said. Her mother told her to call police, and the girl was waiting at the door when officers arrived around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Kasten said.
After being taken to the police station, the girl was confronted by detectives who told her that they had found strands of her hair in her sister’s hand. She then admitted that she had stabbed her sister while her sister was sleeping, and that there was no intruder.
Because the girl had initially told police that an intruder had broken in, police had placed three neighborhood schools on lockdown.
She is being charged as a juvenile with first-degree murder.
So what could have made this 14-year-old girl snap like that? According to the prosecutor, she told police that she had cooked dinner for her sister six times that week, and felt like her sister didn’t appreciate it. According to the autopsy report, the younger girl was stabbed 30 times across the neck, chest, and arms, and slashed across her face three times. That’s a lot of rage for just feeling “unappreciated.” I wonder if this girl has shown any signs of mental illness prior to this incident. It’s scary to think that this 14-year-old could premeditate such a horrible act on her own sister.
I also wonder if the juvenile status will stick, or if she will eventually be charged as an adult. I’ll post updates below.
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