A 4-year-old girl stabbed her older brother in the head after they were left alone with three other young children last week in a home police in Florida described as “deplorable” and “unfit for human living.”
The children’s mother and grandmother now face criminal charges for leaving them unsupervised for at least half an hour, according to police. The incident happened Friday afternoon in the southern Florida city of Port St. Lucie after grandmother Marie Pierre left the house to pick up her daughter, Julie Belliard, from work.
Authorities said the 9-year-old victim was flown to a nearby hospital and his injuries were not life-threatening.
He was hurt after his 4-year-old sister threw a knife at the television and the weapon bounced off the stand and hit him, the Port St. Lucie Police Department said in a news release. The knife hit the back of his head and caused a 0.25- to 0.5-inch cut, according to the release.
Police said Pierre left the five children, ages 3 to 9, sometime in the afternoon and gave them a cellphone in case of an emergency. After the boy was stabbed and started bleeding, one of the kids tried calling both their mother and grandmother, but neither woman answered the phone, police said. The child also tried calling 911, but he dialed “991” instead and eventually went to a neighbor’s house to ask for help.
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Authorities said officers went to the home during their investigation and noticed the children were “unwashed and unkempt” and had several bug bites on their legs.
Pierre, 55 and Belliard, 30, were each charged with child neglect.
The state’s Department of Children and Families conducted its own investigation and removed the children from the home.