Tulsa, Oklahoma: Officers were called to an apartment at 11:43 pm on Thursday, January 5, 2023 on a report that a 9-year-old had been stabbed.
By the time officers arrived on the scene, emergency medical services were already on the scene performing CPR on the boy. He was soon thereafter transported to a hospital in critical condition and rushed to surgery in an effort to save his life.
Unfortunately, the boy succumbed to his injuries around 2:30 am.
His 12-year-old sister was taken into custody without incident. At this time, the motive for the stabbing is not known.
According to the information that has been released at this time, "officers learned the children's parent was upstairs asleep when the 12-year-old daughter woke the parent up and said that she had stabbed her 9-year-old brother." the Tulsa Police Department said.
The investigation is ongoing and is being handled by the Tulsa Police Child Crisis Unit.
"Intent is going to be a key component that the court system will have to work out," Tulsa Police Captain Richard Meulenberg told KOKI. "Obviously we did some interviews, but the interviews with a 12-year-old are very preliminary."
"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."
This case will be handled through the Juvenile Justice System. According to Oklahoma law, the 12-year-old cannot be charged as an adult. The youngest age a child can be charged as an adult is 13 years old.