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UPDATE: Authorities File Juvenile Petition for 8-Year-Old Stabbing Suspect

By: Cathleen Moxley, Shannon Houser Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Shannon Houser Email

UPDATE 8/26/13 @ 6:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An 8-year-old boy could face malicious wounding charges after police say he stabbed his 4-year-old sister with a kitchen knife.

Inside a Hunt Avenue home is a case of sibling rivalry that took a criminal turn on Sunday afternoon.

"When we responded, it was determined the person responsible for that is her brother," Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said.

Police say an 8-year-old brother stabbed his 4-year-old sister in the neck because they were fighting over a doll. Now, it's raising the issue of crime and punishment at such a young age.

Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants said, "When you've got very serious crimes being committed by very young people, it creates a serious problem for the system that, quite frankly, hasn't been addressed before."

Authorities filed a juvenile petition. If granted, the boy could face charges of malicious wounding, but there's also a question of where he would go.

"The Department of Juvenile Services, which is charged with housing juveniles that are convicted of serious, serious crimes -- they don't take children under the age of 10, by statute," Plants said.

It's a problem Plants fears could be brought up again.

"Unfortunately in the time that we live, it seems that more serious crimes are being committed by younger and younger adults," he said. "I fear this is a situation that's going to come up in the future."

The girl suffered flesh wounds and is expected to be released from the hospital soon. Police say Child Protective Services (CPS) is also investigating and will determine where the boy will be placed temporarily.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An 8-year-old boy was taken into custody after police say he stabbed his four-year-old sister in the neck.

It happened Sunday afternoon at the family's home on Hunt Avenue in Charleston.

Police say the boy was stabbing his sister's baby doll with a steak knife. The girl tried to get the doll back, but police say her brother got upset and stabbed her.

The girl was taken to the hospital. Her injuries are non-life threatening, but she is being kept overnight for observation.

The boy's father told police he is not violent. He is staying with his grandmother until a decision is made in court as to where to place him.

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