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Boy, 9, Stabbed Sister, 5, Multiple Times: Police

Florida boy has been charged with attempted murder
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2020 11:13 AM CST
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(Newser) – Police responded to an apartment in Ocala, Florida, to find a horrific scene Monday: A 5-year-old girl stabbed multiple times. Even more horrific: Her 9-year-old brother is accused of the attack. He was arrested after officers arrived around 4:20pm, WFTV reports. He allegedly told police he thought about killing his sister two days ago and was unable to stop thinking about it. The girl's condition was not known, but she was reportedly alert and communicating when officers found her. She was airlifted to a hospital.

The boy has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, Fox 35 Orlando reports, and a judge ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation as soon as possible. The children's mother says they were playing in the boy's room when she stepped outside briefly to get the mail, and she returned to find her son stabbing her daughter. Per the arrest report, he was shouting "Die, die" at the time. The children's mother got the knife away from the boy, per News 4 Jax, grabbed the girl, and the boy fled the apartment. Officers ultimately found him hiding in one of the complex's maintenance sheds. (Read more Florida stories.)

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