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Florida 9-year-old accused of stabbing 5-year-old sister multiple times pleads not guilty

Posted at 10:30 AM, Feb 12, 2020

OCALA, Fla. — A 9-year-old boy accused of stabbing his 5-year-old sister multiple times in January pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder on Wednesday, according to WFTV.

At about 4:20 p.m. on January 28, officers responded to Berkeley Pointe Apartments in Ocala in response to a stabbing inside one of the units. That's where a 5-year-old victim was found with stab wounds.

Investigators said the boy told them he first thought about killing his sister two days earlier.

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An affidavit states that the children's mother left them alone for about 10 minutes while she went to check the mail and get some candy for them from a neighbor in the complex.

She said when she came back she saw the boy stabbing his sister and grabbed the knife away from him. She took her daughter into the bathroom and the boy ran out of the apartment. He was later found hiding in a maintenance shed on the property.

Detectives said the 5-year-old was alert, able to communicate and air lifted to a nearby hospital for injuries.

WFTV reports that hospital officials expect the girl to recover from her injuries.