Henry County police are investigating if a 14-year-old girl stabbed and killed her 13-year-old brother in self defense.
“Malachi Andrews’ older sister told police she was protecting herself when she fatally stabbed him in the leg, police say.”
” ‘She told investigators it was in self defense,’ Henry County Police spokesman Maj. Jason Bolton said.”
“Andrews, 13, and his 14-year-old sister were at home alone on March 14, when a dispute between them turned deadly, police said.”
“The older sibling grabbed a knife and stabbed her brother, then called 9-1-1, Bolton said.”
“The wounded teen, a student at Union Grove Middle School, was taken to DeKalb Medical Center where he died two days later.”
“Authorities still have not determined whether to press charges against the sister, whom police are not identifying.”
” ‘We’re just gathering all the information that we can,’ Bolton said. ‘The [Henry County] district attorney will decide whether to file charges.’ ”
“Henry County District Attorney Tommy Floyd said until his office receives the case from investigators, it’s too soon to say whether the teen will be charged.”
” ‘We’ll look at the facts and apply them as the law indicates,’ Floyd said. ‘Just as we do with all cases.’”
The investigation continues.”
I have to say that I totally buy this could be self defense. My brother and I were home alone after school as teenagers. He is three years older than me and we would often fight. And the fights would get physical.
He really knew how to push my buttons to make me mad – just as many siblings do. He would tease me about my big hair or being flat chested. I would get mad and try to hit him (sometimes getting a hit in) and then he would hit me back. (I took some big punches.) Often the disputes would end with him chasing me around the house and me running into a room and trying to lock a door behind me. (Sometimes the chases were more in fun and sometimes they were more about self-preservation.)
And I do remember one time, my brother chasing me with a big kitchen knife and me running to my neighbor’s house telling her “My brother’s chasing me with a knife.”
I can totally see how this could be a possible scenario for this Henry County brother and sister as well. I hope the police work with the family to sort it out and don’t cause them more pain.
Did you have physical fights with your siblings? Did you hit, punch? Did you ever get chased around the house? Did you have to lock doors? Were knives ever involved?
What do you make of this case?