A 14-year old girl in Illinois recently stabbed and killed her little sister (11 years old) because she believed the younger sibling to be ungrateful.
From My Fox 8:
An 11-year-old Illinois girl was stabbed 40 times by her 14-year-old sister, police say, and the reason why has many in the small Chicago-area community of Mundelein reeling in disbelief.
Police found the 11-year-old girl unconscious and in need of medical attention in an upstairs bedroom of the Illinois suburb Tuesday morning.
She later died.
Police received a 911 call about the incident at 8:30 a.m Tuesday. The call came from the 14-year-old girl, said Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther.
The teen told emergency dispatchers that an intruder had barged into the home, attacked her sister and then fled, CNN affiliate WLS reported.
Schools in area were immediately placed on lockdown.. “The area-wide school lockdown lasted only 15 minutes,” Guenther said.
But the teen’s story unraveled quickly. Under police questioning, she admitted to the attack, authorities said.
The teen told police she was mad that her sister didn’t appreciate all she did for her, prosecutors said at the suspect’s detention hearing Wednesday. WLS was at the hearing.
The teen said she cooked dinner for her younger sibling and performed other chores. She was also angry that the 11-year-old girl had recently hit her.
The night before the attack, the teen thought about it for about 10 or 15 minutes, then went downstairs and grabbed a knife, according to prosecutors.
After the stabbing, she took a shower to wash off the blood, called police and made up the story about the intruder, prosecutors said.
The 14-year-old was arrested and was charged with murder.
The case is in juvenile court and a decision could be made in the future to move the case to adult court, the Lake County State Attorney’s Office said.
Those who knew the girls said they lived at the home with their mother. Neighbors said the siblings seemed close.
The girls were often seen playing together and practicing cheerleading routines, WLS reported.
“They would always be together,” Mary Ann Gryder, a neighbor told the affiliate.
“The older one would be taking care of the younger one, and vice versa.”
And not to lighten the murderous sister's actions at all, but it is an arduous task for young children to act as the caregiver for their siblings. This is a task best left to adults to handle.
Mentally, it is difficult for a child to overlook not feeling appreciated the way most adults can. Or for a young child to even possess the ability to deal with the daily tasks of running a household.
Believe me.. As the oldest in my household (growing up) there were plenty of times that I wanted to bash my kid sister and bro square in the face! Knock some teeth out or something! It is an overwhelming circumstance. Thankfully, I, (along with most other overwhelmed older siblings), have the mentally ability to not act upon our dark fantasies when dealing with the hard-headed ones under us. But it is definitely a burdening situation that can wear a child down emotionally and mentally. Parents must take that into consideration and know their children's limits.
Two young girls, an entire family and community suffer.