DALLAS, Texas - An 11-year-old girl is now in custody for allegedly stabbing her adult relative nine times on Friday, reports CBS affiliate DFW.
The girl, whose name is being withheld by police because she is a minor, reportedly stabbed 41-year-old Toshia Edmonson with a knife after being dropped off at 11:45 p.m. at the Providence Village Fair Apartments in Dallas last Friday.
Edmonson was stabbed several times in the head, neck and shoulder. She was eventually able to fall on her attacker and secure the knife, according to police reports. The station reported that she was in stable condition at Central Methodist Hospital on Saturday.
The exact relationship between the victim and the accused is unclear. Neighbor Dorothy Hawkins said, “It’s a sad situation all the way around. But I pray that she’d be okay.”
The girl allegedly confessed to the police, telling detectives that her “anger” and “frustration” with Edmonson led to the attack. She reportedly told police that Edmonson had shoved her into a sofa and threatened to give her away after the girl expressed resentment at having to come home.
According to the police report, the girl picked up the knife from the kitchen and the assault occurred after Edmonson had gone to sleep. Once Edmonson was able to disarm the girl, a third party in the apartment screamed for help and police were called to the scene. The victim was found on the floor of her bedroom covered in blood.
“This was just devastating… totally out of character for this to happen because the kids are just lovely kids, well mannered, and she just loves them to death,” said family friend Ben Ferrell. “They’re a great family.”