14-Year-Old Stabs Wheelchair-Bound Sister to Death
A 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl is facing charges after killing her 19-year-old wheelchair-bound sister in their family home. The girl reportedly stabbed her sister while their parents were asleep. She then called 911 herself to confess to the murder.
The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release that Claire Miller has been charged with homicide. She is being held in prison without eligibility for bail and will be tried as an adult in the killing of her older sister, Helen Miller.
According to WHTM-TV, court documents reveal that Claire called 911 at around 1:00 a.m. on Monday. She told authorities that “she killed her sister.”
The Daily Mail reported that when officers arrived at the scene, they found Claire outside the house “covered in blood and trying to wash her hands in the snow.”
“I stabbed my sister,” she repeatedly told the police.
When police entered the home, they found Helen laying on her bed with a blood-stained pillow covering her face and a knife stuck in her neck. First responders were unable to revive her.
The girls’ parents were asleep in the home at the time of the murder. Police have not yet confirmed a motive for the killing.
Manheim Township Police Chief Tom Rudzinski said, “When I heard about this I was almost instantly upset about it myself over the details that had been related to me. I don’t know that I have ever been a part of something that is quite as sad as this.”
Claire is a ninth-grader at Lancaster Country Day School. Steve Lisk, head of the school, issued a statement saying, “We are surprised by the news of this incident and we’re grieving ourselves even as we look to support the family and ensure support for all our students and families within our tight-knit school community.”
Sarah Delia, one of the family’s neighbors, said, “It’s not the kind of thing we would expect in our neighborhood. It’s very quiet and peaceful.”