Complaint: 16-year-old accused of attempted homicide in stabbing of 14-year-old

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with attempted homicide after being accused of stabbing a 14-year-old boy in the heart, according to a criminal complaint.
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 10:18 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 10:28 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A 16-year-old girl has been charged with attempted homicide after being accused of stabbing a 14-year-old boy in the heart, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday.

The 16-year-old suspect is accused of attempted first-degree intentional homicide with use of a dangerous weapon. The teen did appear in adult court in Dane County, where her cash bond was set at $7,000. NBC15 has chosen not to use her name because she is a minor. Charges of intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child- as party to a crime and harboring or aiding a felon have also been filed against the teen suspect’s aunt.

The complaint recounts that Madison Police Department officers were called Tuesday to the 1000 block of North Sherman Avenue for reports of a stabbing. A group of people waved over an officer to the victim, who was unconscious. The officer noted he had a “dime-sized” stab wound on the upper left part of his chest, according to the complaint.

Officers asked the boy later if he knew who stabbed him and he said no, but thought the person was a “female.” The complaint states that the victim required cardiac surgery. The complaint also states that the child was stabbed in the heart and doctors said if he had been stabbed 3 mm deeper, he could have died.

The complaint recalled the events after the stabbing, when an officer noticed a parent standing nearby who the officer realized was at Sherman Middle School earlier that day for an incident. When the officer asked the parent if the situation at the school was related to the stabbing, the parent said they were related and that the same group of people was involved in both incidents.

According to the complaint, an officer spoke with another woman who said she was in a brief fight with the suspect and that it was broken up quickly. She said she was trying to leave when two other people started to fight, which she said is when the victim stepped in trying to “protect” or break up the fight. It was at this point when the 16-year-old suspect stabbed the 14-year-old child, the woman alleges in the complaint.

The suspect corroborated what the woman said about getting into a fight with her. However, the complaint cites the teen suspect saying that the victim started fighting with someone she knew. The complaint alleges that she admitted to stabbing the victim once and said he did not have a weapon. She described the weapon she had as a kitchen knife.

When a detective later spoke to the 16-year-old suspect, an officer heard her say she got rid of the knife she used in the attack at Milwaukee Street. The officer went to the area and found a knife on the road. The teen also told officers that her aunt allegedly asked her to get rid of the knife, according to the complaint.

When an officer spoke with the suspect’s family member, she said there had been a fight at Sherman Middle School which she was involved with. According to the complaint, she said she received a call from a family member of one of the people involved in the fight, who wanted to meet up and resolve or discuss the situation. She arrived at Warner park, along with the 16-year-old suspect and other individuals. The complaint states that the woman was talking with one of the people who called her when groups of children got out of cars and fights broke out before calls of someone getting stabbed were made. She then drove away and dropped the teen suspect at her mother’s home.

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