A 9-year-old Florida boy accused of stabbing his younger sister repeatedly is facing attempted murder charges.
ABC News reports that the boy appeared in an Ocala courtroom on Wednesday, where he pleaded not guilty via his attorney.
The incident happened at the Berkley Point Apartments in Marion County in January, after the children’s mother stepped outside to check the mail. When she returned, she found her son with a kitchen knife in his hand, stabbing his 5-year-old sister over and over, according to court documents, while screaming, “Die, die!”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the mother reportedly grabbed the knife away and picked up the little girl, while the boy ran from the home.
When authorities arrived, they found the boy hiding in a maintenance shed, court documents read. The boy allegedly told the officers that the thought of stabbing his sister entered his head days before and although he tried, he couldn’t get the thoughts to stop.
Arrest documents indicate that the boy walked into his sister’s bedroom with the knife, grabbed her by the back of her neck and started stabbing.
According to ABC Orlando, the victim was airlifted and rushed to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for medical treatment. At the time she was airlifted, she was able to talk to the officers.
Last Friday, the little girl was released from the hospital.
Former judge Belvin Perry previously said that he didn’t think prosecutors will try the suspect as an adult.
Meanwhile, the 9-year-old remains detained. He’s being represented by a public defender.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
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