According to the Daily Mail, police said that the children's parent was asleep upstairs when the daughter then woke them on shortly before midnight on Thursday to say that she had stabbed her brother.
The girl has been taken into custody and is being held at the Family Center for Juvenile Justice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Tulsa Police Child Crisis Unit is handling the investigation.
When officers responded to the incident at the River Bank Plaza Apartments complex late on Thursday night, they found firefighters and paramedics "already on scene and performing CPR to a 9-year-old male victim," Tulsa Police said.
Police said the boy "was rushed to the hospital and taken into surgery," but ultimately succumbed to his injuries shortly after 2:30 am.
Authorities have not identified either child or their parent.
The nine-year-old's death marks the second homicide of 2023 in the city of Tulsa, according to the Tulsa Police Department Child Crisis Unit. The city saw 68 homicides in 2022.
Tulsa Police Department Chief Wendell Franklin tweeted on Friday: "All homicides are tragic, but the 2nd homicide of 2023 in Tulsa shows a definitive societal problem. The question is, how does society address a child killing another child?"
No motive has been revealed yet for the killing. The police have stated that the court will be responsible for uncovering the intent.
"Obviously we did some interviews, but interviews with a 12-year-old are very preliminary," Captain Richard Meulenberg from the Tulsa Police Department said. "This, unfortunately, has no easy end or easy path, this is going to be a long, convoluted process that's going to be extremely taxing on everyone involved in this."
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