A 9-year-old boy who reportedly told an Ocala Police Department detective that he stabbed his 5-year-old sister with a kitchen knife because he wanted her to “die, die,” has been arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.
OCALA— A 9-year-old boy who reportedly told an Ocala Police Department detective that he stabbed his 5-year-old sister with a kitchen knife because he wanted her to “die, die,” was arrested Monday on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.
At his first appearance in front of Circuit Judge Sue Robbins, the boy, wearing a blue sweat pants, gray sweatshirt that was cover by a green T-shirt, was led from a holding area by a corrections official and a public defender. The duo shield the child’s face from the television cameras that had gathered in the courtroom that escorted him to the podium.
The judge ordered secure detention for the child and a psychiatric evaluation. No parent or guardian was present for the child, whose next court date is Feb. 5
The boy, whose name is not being released by the Star-Banner due to his age, was interviewed by Detective Robert Brown at the OPD after Brown had received permission from the child’s mother for an interview.
In the interview, the juvenile said he stabbed his sister in the back. Asked why he stabbed her, the child said he wanted to kill her, and the thought had entered his head two days before, according to an arrest affidavit.
He said he was unable to get the thought out of his head. Officials said he is being held without bail.
The boy said he was in his residence at Berkley Pointe Apartments, formerly known as Spring Manor, located at 2865 NE Seventh St., with his sister at the time of the incident. He said he hid the knife, described by the detective as a large, black-handle kitchen knife, behind his back.
Brown was told by the boy that he grabbed his sister, who was wearing roller skates, by the back of her neck while she was bent over trying to show him something on the floor.
The boy told the detective he wanted to go outside as a possible reason on why he stabbed his sister, according to the affidavit.
Brown said while the boy was stabbing his sister, the juvenile’s mother came into the room and took the knife from the child. The boy said he ran and hid underneath the maintenance shed. When officers arrived, the boy surrendered, officials said.
The victim, stabbed multiple times, was flown to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Officials said she was alert and responsive before she was taken to the hospital.
The boy’s mother had called police and told them that her son had stabbed his sister and ran away. The call came in shortly after 4 p.m.
The woman told a detective she left the children in the apartment to check the mail and to get some candy for them from a neighbor.
She said when she returned and went to the boy’s room, she saw him stabbing his sister. She asked him what he was doing and took the knife from him, she said. The woman said she picked up the victim, and the boy ran out.
The knife was recovered in the hallway, officials said.
This is the second time in less than a week that Ocala police have responded to a case of a young child who was the victim of violence. On Friday, a 2-year-old girl was shot. Authorities said a sibling, age undisclosed, may have accidentally fired the shot.
Officers said the child’s injury was non-life threatening, and has since been released from the hospital. So far, no charges have been filed.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, firstname.lastname@example.org or @almillerosb.