Girl, 12, in police custody after stabbing to death her brother

Girl, 12, is in police custody after stabbing to death her brother, 9, while their parent slept upstairs

  • Girl woke her parent at Tulsa residence shortly before midnight on Thursday
  • She told them she had stabbed her brother 
  • The boy died from his injuries in hospital shortly after 2:30 a.m. CT 
  • Girl is in juvenile custody with Tulsa Police Child Crisis Unit leading investigation

A 12-year-old girl is in custody in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after stabbing her 9-year-old brother to death, according to police.

Police said the children’s parent was asleep upstairs at their Tulsa residence shortly before midnight on Thursday when the daughter woke them and said that she had stabbed her brother. 

The girl is in juvenile custody with the Tulsa Police Child Crisis Unit in charge of the investigation. She is being held at the Family Center for Juvenile Justice, according to a Tulsa Police news release.

Police responded to the incident late on Thursday night, according to the news release.

Pictured: The Family Center for Juvenile Justice in Tulsa, where the 12-year-old girl is being held

When officers arrived, firefighters and paramedics ‘were already on scene and performing CPR to a 9-year-old male victim,’ police said.

The CPR was performed at the River Bank Plaza Apartments complex, according to the New York Post. 

The boy ‘was rushed to the hospital and taken into surgery,’ but died due to his injuries shortly after 2:30 a.m. CT, police said.  

Neither child has been identified by authorities.

This is the second homicide in the city of Tulsa this year, the department said.

Tulsa Police Department Chief Franklin tweeted: ‘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?’ 

Police have not revealed a motive for the killing, stating it will be the court’s burden to uncover intent.

‘Obviously we did some interviews, but interviews with a 12-year-old are very preliminary,’ Captain Richard Meulenberg from the Tulsa Police Department told Fox 23. ‘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.’

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