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12-year-old girl in custody after fatally stabbing 9-year-old brother, police say

The exact allegations against the Oklahoma girl were unclear.

A 12-year-old girl was in custody at a juvenile facility after she fatally stabbed her 9-year-old brother, police said.

The stabbing was reported just before midnight Thursday at a residence in the St. Thomas Square community south of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tulsa police said in a statement Friday.

"Officers learned the children's parent was upstairs asleep when the 12-year-old daughter woke the parent up and said that she had stabbed her 9-year-old brother," police said.

Tulsa police investigate a stabbing involving two children.
Tulsa police investigate a stabbing involving two children.KJRH

City firefighters and emergency medical technicians from a contract ambulance service administered CPR before the boy was rushed to a hospital, the department said.

He underwent surgery before he died of his injuries about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The girl was taken into custody at Tulsa's Family Center for Juvenile Justice and remained there at least through Friday, according to police statements. The allegations underlying her detention were not available, and any motive hasn't been revealed.

It wasn't clear whether the girl, whose name was being withhold because of her age, has obtained counsel for the case. The Tulsa County Public Defenders Juvenile Division didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Under Oklahoma law, she may be held for five workdays pending filing of a petition that outlines potential allegations.

Children 12 and younger are prohibited from being held, but state law makes exceptions in cases of egregious, felony-equivalent allegations when children may be risks to the community or themselves.

Oklahoma law draws the line at age 13 in allowing a child that age or older to be prosecuted as adults on felony allegations of murder.

The police department's Child Crisis Unit was handling the investigation.