EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSProsecutors Weigh How To Proceed In Case In Which 8-Year-Old Accused Of Stabbing Sister
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron
Reported: Aug. 26, 2013 1:53 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013 6:28 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants said Monday the incident in which an 8-year-old boy is accused of stabbing his 4-year-old sister in the neck with a knife is unprecedented, and authorities are trying to figure out how to proceed in the case.
The stabbing occurred at a residence in the 400 block of Hunt Avenue about 3 p.m. Sunday on Charleston's West Side. Police at the scene said the boy somehow got a knife and started stabbing his sister's doll. Police said the little girl walked in the room and then he cut her neck.
The little girl is in the hospital, where she is being treated for her injuries, which are not life threatening. She was expected to be released on Tuesday.
Under West Virginia law, children cannot be criminally charged until they are 10 years old. Prosecutors said at a news conference Monday that they are trying to balance public safety with what is best for the child. It is unclear where the 8-year-old is, but he is not being held in a juvenile detention facility.
Prosecutors said they could not discuss specifics of the case because of the age of the child involved. His name has not been released because he is a juvenile.
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