The 9-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital for surgery but couldn’t be saved as he succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
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In this year's second homicide case in Tulsa city of Oklahoma, a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody for allegedly stabbing her 9-year-old brother to death. The incident took place just before midnight on January 5, when the adolescent girl woke up one of her parents to inform them about the scuffle with her younger brother. According to Fox 23, the unthinkable crime involving two kids took place in the residence of the family in Tulsa's River Bank Plaza Apartments. The parents were asleep upstairs at the time of the incident.
According to a press release from the Tulsa Police Department, the 9-year-old male victim was rushed to the hospital for surgery but couldn’t be saved as he succumbed to his injuries after 2:30 a.m. The deceased young boy’s elder sister is being held at the Family Center for Juvenile Justice and the Tulsa Police Child Crisis Unit has taken charge of the investigation. The young children have not been identified by authorities for the public keeping in mind their age, reports PEOPLE. The possible motive for the killing is yet to be finalized as it's still too early to tell, said the authorities.
All homicides are tragic, but the 2nd homicide of 2023 in Tulsa shows a definitive societal problem. The question is, how does society address a child killing another child? pic.twitter.com/EsXMp6RsFa— Tulsa Police Department Chief Franklin (@TPD_Franklin) January 6, 2023
"Intent is going to be a key component that the court system will have to work out," Tulsa Police Captain Richard Meulenberg told Fox 23, as he highlighted that the statement of a 12-year-old suspect will go through several stages of understanding. "We did some interviews, but interviews with a 12-year-old are very preliminary," said Meulenberg to the news outlet covering the case. Police have also said that the weapon was a knife.
It makes me wonder if the girl has Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).— beautyoftweets (@beautyoftweets) January 9, 2023
A mother of three grown-up children in a neighboring apartment complex was shocked by the developments in the case as a yellow crime scene tape was seen hanging from the door of the apartment. Upon having a word with her she told Fox23, that neither the parent's nor the little girl's life, will remain the same. “[The mother] is losing two children at one time, her life, or the little girl’s life will never be the same, especially the little girl,” the neighbor reacted on the condition of anonymity.
Talking about what happened that night Meulenberg said, “Officers, EMSA, fire personnel get there, they start doing life-saving measures, the 9-year-old at the scene. The 9-year is transported to a local hospital and unfortunately, he died from those injuries at about 2:37 this morning,” as he mentioned the life-saving actions were taken right away but in vain as the victim died. “This, unfortunately, has no easy end or easy path, this is going to be a long convoluted process that’s going to be extremely taxing on everyone involved in this,” added the officer while commenting on the case.
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