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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Our Kids are FINE?!?

Girl stabs 11-year-old friend to death

A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl was being held in a New York juvenile detention centre today after allegedly stabbing her friend to death with a kitchen knife in an argument over a rubber ball.

Police officials said the girl, whose name was not released because of her age, was believed to be the youngest ever suspect in a killing in New York City, and it was not immediately clear how the case would proceed.

The girl was playing at home in Brooklyn on Sunday with her 11-year-old friend, Queen Washington, when the two girls got into an argument over a ball, a police spokesman cited family relatives as saying.

By the time the suspect's mother returned from an errand, her daughter had plunged a steak knife into Washington's chest, police said.

The victim was declared dead on arrival at hospital.

Cases involving children younger than 14 are usually dealt with in special family court.


  • vem2793

    I think it is horrible that so many teens and young adults are expressing disagreements with violence, especially violence which ends in death of a friend, sibling, or parent. We have to counter the violent depictions on television and video games with parenting. Teach our kids alternate means of conflict resolution such as walking away for a few minutes, reverse psychology(kids are masters at that even if they do not know it), or simply allow the other child to have whatever it is for a time. Most especially, though, we cannot show kids that our response to disagreement is the same action. If we fly off the handle, use profanity, or even use violence such as fighting, shooting, and stabbing someone WE are in disagreement with, then no wonder we have the startling statistics of teens and under killing teens which we have today.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:33 PM  

  • There has been a lot more detail on this crime. Apparently the 9 year old was in a fight everyday. She was taught little or nothing by her mother (much less alternate conflict resolution) who was an alcoholic who hung out on the steps with a group of people. The 9 year old thought of Queenie as her best friend. She apparently is the youngest person ever arrested for murder in NYC. FWIW, murder by teenagers in NYC is way way down from the levels of 10 years ago.

    I am thankful that I do not have the responsibility to make any decisions with regard to this case. I cannot conceive of what is the correct action to take with regard to the nine year old.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 9:07 PM  

  • Levi

    You hit a great point on not wanting to be in a position to make decisions on the future of this young girl.

    You also mention mom- have you seen ANY stories on where DEAR OLD DAD IS?

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 9:59 PM  

  • This is deep. What in the world is happening to our children? They are acting out in such violent ways. Lately, in the news, children are either the victims or the perpetrators of crimes. What goes through a 9 year old girl's mind to make her stabb her friend over a ball? Better yet, what has happened to her to make her react this way?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:24 PM  

  • CT 1824
    I hate to be the first one to say it..but where were the parents. The mother runs out for an errand, and leaves a 9 and 11 year old home by herself. In my household that was to young to stay by yourself. Plus, I find it hard to believe that this was the 9 year old's first act of violence. I believe that something must have been going on...and the mother should have noticed it. I just find it unbelievable that a normal, happy, 9 year old stabs her friend to death one day. No, there is a history here....and the mother should not have left the girls alone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:18 AM  

  • TB9131
    This comment is for Levi from Queens. You say that the girl was taught little or nothing by her mother. What makes you such an expert in child rearing or psychology. It's ashame that people look towards blaming others all the time. Sometimes not always, the parents are not to blame. Have we ever considered that maybe there is a psychological issue with this young girl? How do we know that she may not be mentally distrub? Do we think that adults are the only one's capable of committing murder? The mind is a powerful and tricky thing. We have no clue to what mental state this child may have been in. Also, you mentioned the mother not doing anything, but where is the father? That's my question.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:09 PM  

  • CT 1824

    That's a great question...where is the DAD. But since nobody seems to know let's focus on the one parent that we know was there...the mother. The reported alcoholic mother that did more socializing than parenting. And maybe if the mother was home and not drunk more often, she might have noticed a mental disability in HER daughter. You are completely right, WE have no clue what mental state the child was in. But the MOTHER should have had a clue. And if the child was that mentally ill, and the mother had one clue of what it takes to be a mother, she would have noticed and got the girl some help before it escalated to this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:57 PM  

  • Basically the child acted out of anger. She probably has seen it a million times in the comfort of her home, live and up close or either television. Stating that we always look to blame someone is ridiculous. Of course the first person you look to point the finger at would be that child's parent, especially if the facts about her mom being an alcoholic are true. Some things are learned on the streets but most emotional tendencies are learned at home. You grow up in a certain environment, you're going to eventually start seeing that lifestyle as the only way to live. It was a very unfortunate incident. God help us all.

    5775 EK

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:03 AM  

  • CT 1824

    Some things are learned on the streets but most emotional tendencies are learned at home.

    I want to know how much time this 9 year old spent on the streets. Another reason this mother should be responsible.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:58 PM  

  • There are some majors issues with this child. #1 Where were the parents? #2 Why would this child think it was OK to even pull out a knife? It appears to be a lack of simple respect and discipline. I can't imagine my son even having the thought in his head to attempt this kind reaction to a fight over a toy. Our kids need to learn that material items are just that material-especially toys. I have taught my son to always share with a guest or friend. He also knows to appreciate his friends more than any material item. Everyday it appears that society gets further and further away from just appreciating each other not what each of us own.

    By Anonymous MH7086, at 6:22 PM  

  • This is a perfect opportunity, not like there haven't been others, for our communities to concentrate on the behavior taught to our children by our actions. This child obviously has unresolved issues and has probably seen someone act out in this way either in person or from some form of media(TV, Video games, Movies, etc. We need to show these kids that we will not get angry and lash out verbally or physically and they will in turn learn THAT behavior instead of the alternative.

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