Girl, 14, stabs sister 40 times because she felt unappreciated

Posted on: 11:33 am, January 23, 2014, by , updated on: 07:59pm, January 23, 2014


(CNN) — An 11-year-old Illinois girl was stabbed 40 times by her 14-year-old sister, police say, and the reason why has many in the small Chicago-area community of Mundelein reeling in disbelief.

Police found the 11-year-old girl unconscious and in need of medical attention in an upstairs bedroom of the dwelling Tuesday morning. She later died.

Because the sister, who called police, initially told officers an intruder was to blame for the attack, authorities briefly placed three schools on lockdown.

The truth, when it emerged, was even more shocking.

The 14-year-old, authorities say, repeatedly and fatally stabbed the victim — her half sister — with a kitchen knife because the teen thought she was ungrateful.

“This incident is a heartbreaking tragedy that defies understanding,” said Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz. “I am asking the Chicagoland area, please pray for us. Pray, first of all, for the family that has been devastated by this.”

A group called “Mundelein Moms” is raising money for the girl’s funeral and said it raised $6,381 in just one day. There also is an effort to have residents leave their lights on Friday night in remembrance.

Intruder in the house

Police received a 911 call about the incident at 8:30 a.m Tuesday. The call came from the 14-year-old girl, said Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther.

The teen told emergency dispatchers that an intruder had barged into the home, attacked her sister and then fled, CNN affiliate WLS reported.

Schools in area were immediately placed on lockdown, Guenther said.

“The area-wide school lockdown lasted only 15 minutes,” he said.

But the teen’s story unraveled quickly. Under police questioning, she admitted to the attack, authorities said.

Feeling unappreciated

The teen told police she was mad that her sister didn’t appreciate all she did for her, prosecutors said at the suspect’s detention hearing Wednesday. WLS was at the hearing.

The teen said she cooked dinner for her younger sibling and performed other chores. She was also angry that the 11-year-old girl had recently hit her.

The night before the attack, the teen thought about it for about 10 or 15 minutes, then went downstairs and grabbed a knife, according to prosecutors.

After the stabbing, she took a shower to wash off the blood, called police and made up the story about the intruder, prosecutors said.

The 14-year-old was arrested and was charged with murder.

The case is in juvenile court and a decision could be made in the future to move the case to adult court, the Lake County State Attorney’s Office said.

Playing together

Those who knew the girls said they lived at the home with their mother. Neighbors said the siblings seemed close.

The girls were often seen playing together and practicing cheerleading routines, WLS reported.

“They would always be together,” Mary Ann Gryder, a neighbor told the affiliate.

“The older one would be taking care of the younger one, and vice versa.”


  • at 8:30 am mom was probably at work due to this failing society thats where moms single or otherwise need to be. Legally at 14 and 11 you dont need a babysitter!

  • 2 says:

    Judging by the 8:30am time I would assume the mom was probably working.

  • I can only imagine how the mother felt hearing her child killed her other child…..SMH…just terrible.

  • James Madison says:

    seriously, we should ban knives.

    • sw31 says:

      Ban knives? I’m sorry, but that’s ludicrous. Why not scissors, nails, or anything and all things sharp? It’s extremely unfortunate and devastating. Obviously the child had issues no one caught onto. We can blame the instruments that caused the devastation, or be reasonable and blame the individual(s) that caused it. After all, knives, guns, weapons, don’t get up and walk around killing people.

      • wj2 says:

        settle down…pretty sure that was sarcasm, or that guy is just crazy, either way no need to write a novel in response to that dude.

      • Dennis says:

        THIS IS A SAD STORY!!!! I have to comment on James Madison comment” (stupid suggestions and ideas wont make life any better!!!!)

    • Mike says:

      Agreed. Knives kill people.

    • IDIOTIC. says:

      Ban knives because they kill people? FISTS can kill people as well.. So let’s all just cut our hands off too.

  • ej says:

    Why werent they at school

  • des says:

    Agree with the others. Where was the mother, is not a question. They were plenty old enough to stay home alone. The question is? Did this come out of no where or has the 14 year old shown signs of mental illness in the past?

  • Heatherae says:

    This 14 yr. old is obviously incredibly unstable. Kids don’t plot out murdering their siblings & then follow through; especially over something so frivolous. I pray that this young girl gets the mental help that she needs & that the mother can find peace… As she has now lost 2 daughters! Sad story.

  • Carla Sue says:

    So very sad! They needed to check the 14 year old’s blood too, to see if she was possibly under the influence of anything.

  • CairParevel says:

    my face when those two people were fighting over the “where is the mother” thing but not commenting at all on the whole “oh im a 14 year old girl that just murdered my 11 year old sister, plotted the murder, thought of an excuse and would have most likely gotten away with it if i didnt say anything to the police” .-.

  • Clai green says:

    Yes let’s keep feeding the youth all these prescription drugs and let the killing continue

  • YingYang says:

    Wow, what is going on with the kids and teens of this generation? Too much killing being done by kids, like they are becoming heartless.

  • Jg says:

    Horrible. Sad. Unthinkable. My sympathies to the family.The question i would like to know is, “was she medicated?” 90% of child murders are.

  • Jg says: Every one should check it out. It might not be the case here, but it has over 5000 child and or massive killings when the “murderer” was on prescription drugs. Stop medicating children!!!!!

  • Anastasia says:

    So sad. And asking where was the mother is not such a bad question. I don’t mean on that day particularly, but on a regular basis. These days, there seems to be to much lack of parenting, and to many parent/parents relying on medications. Also, to many single parent families; I know many will disagree, but families need to be families with both parents in the home again. And while I know a single parent can be, in many cases, a good parent (my own daughter is a single parent of two), most families have a better chance when there are two responsible adults living together. However, having said that…this case makes me think the girl has watched a Lizzie Borden movie recently. And I don’t mean that to be funny at all. It just seems weird that she stabbed the sister 40 times and then gave the story of an intruder in the home, so…who knows. And, I know, in the case of Lizzie Borden, there were two parents in the home, and still there was a likely homicide on the daughter’s part. And, there was obviously bad parenting in that home too. This world is just going crazy, and the less we teach ‘family’ values the worse it gets!!

    • S says:

      The key is spending quality time with your children and teaching them morals and values. Also not putting adult responsibilities on children, this stresses them out. They are not equipped to handle stress the way adults are, and truth is most adults can’t handle stress well either. Whether there are two parents or one doesn’t matter. I was raised in a single family home, I am very successful and well aware of how to conduct myself because I was well raised. Sometimes having a man in the house is like having only one parent any way, because some of them are useless. I just feel so sorry for their mother.

      • thomas says:

        cant tell if you are serious? Chores do not cause kids to be murders and also, you are very sexist.

  • LetsBclear says:

    Too many responsibilities are being put on our young ones. The children are raising each other. Adults, you must know this but fail to act.

  • Avianna says:

    Wow that’s crazy I would understand being mad but stabbing my brothers or siter I can’t do that

  • Idiotic. says:

    Ban knives because they kill people? FISTS can kill people as well.. So let’s all just cut our hands off too.

  • Ashley says:

    Why weren’t they at school on a Tuesday?

  • Not You says:

    This is what happens America when you drug your kids and don’t keep a watchful eye. For those of you all upset over the question “where was the mother” for your information, do you know the stats on single parents in 2014. It is staggering!! Kids having kids. Kids babysitting kids. Kids cooking for kids. What do you think is going to happen. I bet mom isn’t a day over 32. Maybe I’m wrong, but I doubt it.

    Our country perpetuates this behavior by rewarding it. Can’t afford a kid? No worries we’ll make your neighbors pay for it. Can’t spank your kid? Well don’t be surprised when you have a spoiled rotten kid that has no FEAR of his parents.

    Oh and yes I said FEAR. Remember the saying….”You wait till your father gets home!!” You don’t think that was meant for the fear factor? C’mon people. Kids don’t need more friends, they need diciplinary parents for them to learn to grow, do the right thing, and if you dont’ there are SERIOUS consenquences. Do I purport abuse? Of course not. Do I beleive a rap upside a kids head is abuse? NO! It’s a requirement of parenting. And yes bleeding hearts, I know you were never hit and you turned out fine. Glad it worked for you, but it doesn’t work for most.

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