A 14-year-old Pennsylvania teenager was charged with stabbing her older sister to death inside their home while her parents slept early Monday morning, authorities said.
Claire Miller of Manheim Township was being charged with criminal manslaughter as an adult in the death of her 19-year-old sister Helen, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said.
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“This is certainly an incredibly tragic and unusual case,” District Attorney Heather Adams wrote in an email to local station FOX43.
Officers responded to the home shortly after 1 a.m. Monday after the teen called to report that “she had killed her sister,” the district attorney’s office said.
Court documents obtained by local media described her as “hysterical” while on the phone.
When officers arrived at the home, Claire Miller pointed them to a bedroom where they found 19-year-old Helen Miller stabbed in the neck, authorities said. Rescuers tried life-saving measures, but were unsuccessful.
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Investigators determined that Helen had been stabbed at some point during the night while the girls’ parents slept. No further details were available on what led to the incident.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of something as sad as this,” Manheim Township Police Chief Tom Rudzinski told WHTM-TV.
Claire Miller was arrested at the scene and was being held without bond at the Lancaster County Jail. She was charged as an adult because homicide is not considered a criminal act in Pennsylvania.
The tragic news shocked the Manheim Township community, which has a population of approximately 38,000.
“It’s not the kind of thing we would expect in our neighborhood,” Sarah Delia, a neighbor who said she did not know the family personally, told FOX43. “It is very quiet and peaceful.”
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Steve Lisk, principal of the Lancaster Country Day School where Claire Miller was enrolled as a ninth grade student, told the station that the “united school community” was “shocked” and “heartbroken” by the news. The school was offering counseling services.
A preliminary court hearing for Claire Miller was set for February 26.