Why Would a Fourteen-Year-Old Girl Stab Her Sleeping Sister?

And What Should Happen Next?

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Their parents have said the two sisters had a good relationship. Helen was often featured alongside Claire on her social media and appearances at least suggested closeness and affection.

Was Something Wrong with Claire?

Claire has been in jail since her arrest. She is charged with criminal homicide, which equals first-degree murder. Because she committed murder over the age of fourteen in Pennsylvania, she is automatically charged as an adult. Her attorney would have to convince the judge to move her down to juvenile court.

The Bottom Line

So, what should happen to Claire? Clearly, she is not safe to be released to her parents, even if that were a possibility. Which it is not. She is going to spend some serious time somewhere.



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Joni E. Johnston, Psy. D.

Forensic psychologist/private investigator//author of serial killer book. Passionate about victim’s rights, the psychology of true crime, and criminal justice.