A 3-year-old Kentucky girl was allegedly attacked by her uncle in an incident that was heard over a baby monitor, according to reports.
Josephine Mia Bulubenchi died on Dec. 9 at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital after she was rushed there following the alleged knife attack earlier in the day by her uncle, Emanuel Fluter, 33, who was living with his sister Simona Bulubenchi in Clinton County.
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Sheriff Jim Guffey described the incident as the “most horrendous crime” he had seen in 15 years on the job, Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Benjamin Bulubenchi, the girl’s father, heard a commotion over a baby monitor during the attack. He went into the girl’s room and found her with critical injuries. Fluter then tried to attack Bulubenchi, cutting him as wells, according to the sheriff, WKRN reported.
WKYT reported that four other kids were in the room during the attack. The other children weren’t hurt.
Investigators believe Fluter was not under the influence of drugs when he attacked the child with a knife. “He was not acting like he was on anything,” Guffey told the newspaper.
Police have not detailed a motive in the case.
Fluter was first charged with two counts of first-degree assault and four counts of wanton endangerment, ABC News reported. Additional charges are likely pending in the case. After the 3-year-old died at the hospital, he was charged with murder, WKYT reported.
A GoFundMe for the family was started following the girl’s death. “ The family would like to transport the body of the little girl to Michigan for funeral services. We would like to help cover the transport and funeral expenses,” the page said, adding that the attack has left “behind a heartbroken family.”
Our hearts are broken for Josephine Bulubenchi's family. Please see link for GoFundMe details to support them. https://t.co/VXGdti0k9a
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The suspect was detained at the Clinton County jail on a $1 million bond, WKYT. His arraignment is Tuesday.
Fluter was living with his sister’s family for a few months before the attack, WKRN reported.
Violent Crime Statistics
According to Victims of Crime, “In 2012, 8.6 percent (1,101) of all homicide victims were children and youth under 18 years of age. Of total homicides, 5.8 percent (736) were males under the age of 18, and 2.9 percent (364) were females under the age of 18.”
Of the 1,893 homicide victims in that year, the latest published by the organization, “7.6 percent (144) were infants under age 1, 13.8 percent (261) were children 1 to 4 years of age, 5.1 percent (96) were children 5 to 8 years of age, 3.4 percent (65) were children 9 to 12 years of age, 17.2 percent (326) were youth 13 to 16 years of age, and 52.8 percent (1,001) were teens age 17 to 19.”
Meanwhile, some 22.4 percent of children in the United States said they witnessed an act of violence in their schools, homes, or communities in the prior year, the group said.
The FBI, meanwhile, said that the overall 2017 violent crime rate had dropped by 0.2 percent, according to a release, but aggravated and rape offenses increased by a respective 1.0 percent and 2.5 percent. The murder rate dropped by 0.7 percent, the agency said.
“In 2017, there were an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes. The estimated number of robbery offenses decreased 4.0 percent, and the estimated number of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses decreased 0.7 percent when compared with estimates from 2016. The estimated volume of aggravated assault and rape (revised definition) offenses increased 1.0 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively,” according to the FBI.