A girl, who was 12 years old, was apprehended after she fatally stabbed a 9-year-old sibling in a residence in St. Thomas Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, late Thursday, the police said. The incident reportedly happened just before midnight.
According to the police, the children’s mother was sleeping upstairs when the girl, who was 12 at that time, woke her up and said that she had just stabbed her brother.
Emergency medical responders then performed CPR on the boy before he was taken to a hospital.
The boy died of his injuries at a local hospital following surgery, which took place at around 2:30 a.m.
The girl was taken to a juvenile detention center, where she remained until Friday. The exact reason behind her detention was not disclosed.
Due to her age, the girl’s name was being withheld. It’s not clear if she has an attorney yet.
The public defenders office of Tulsa County, which handles juvenile cases, did not respond to requests for comment.
According to Oklahoma law, she could be held for up to five workdays without being charged with a crime.
Although it’s generally prohibited for children under 12 years old to be held, state law allows for the detention of those who are accused of felony-equivalent offenses if they pose a risk to the community.
Oklahoma law allows a child over 13 years old to be prosecuted as an adult if they are accused of murder.