Fourteen-year-old charged in stabbing death of 4-year-old cousin


INDIANAPOLIS - A 14-year old girl has been arrested and charged with murder in the stabbing death of her four-year-old cousin.

Police were called to the 2700 block of North Graham Avenue, Beechwood Gardens Apartments, at about 11:00pm with a report that a young child had been stabbed.

When police arrived, they found four-year-old Leon Thomas III suffering from multiple stab wounds. Officers immediately began administering CPR until EMS crews arrived. EMS crews took the boy to IU Riley Hospital in critical condition, where he later was pronounced dead.

Police were told that Thomas' 14-year-old female cousin may be responsible for his injuries. A description of the cousin was broadcast to police. Officers located the girl, covered in blood, walking in the 2300 block of Ritter Avenue. Police put her in custody and took her to IMPD Headquarters for questioning by IMPD homicide detectives.

She was formally arrested later in the morning. 

Since the suspect is a juvenile, police have not released her name.

The suspect is being held in the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.