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Sister charged with murder after girl, 10, stabbed to death

Source: ABC News

UPDATED 8.20AM AEST TUESDAY 30/4/2024

A 10-year-old girl is dead and her 17-year-old sister has been charged with murder after an alleged stabbing in their suburban NSW home.

The young girl was allegedly stabbed to death in the family home on Monday afternoon in Boolaroo, about 20 kilometres west of Newcastle.

Police said the two girls were known to each other. Multiple media outlets are reporting they are sisters.

The victim was discovered with multiple stab wounds when paramedics responded to a triple-zero call about 3.45pm Monday.

The young girl died at the scene shortly after emergency services arrived.

Police arrested a 17-year-old girl – who they said was known to the victim – at the home in a residential estate.

She was taken to Belmont Police Station for questioning.

NSW Police said on Tuesday morning she had been charged with murder and would appear in a children’s court later in the day.

“It is just beyond words. We are grieving” one neighbour told The Sydney Morning Herald.

A crime scene was established at the property as investigations continued. Specialist police will scour the scene further on Tuesday after spending hours collecting evidence late on Monday.

Suburban stabbings

The latest stabbing comes amid a spate of recent knife crime in NSW.

A man was charged over the death of a 28-year-old man who was allegedly stabbed in the chest in Quakers Hill, in Sydney’s north-west, on Friday night.

Paramedics worked to save the man but he died on the way to hospital.

In a separate investigation, police charged a 26-year-old man on Saturday night after a teenage boy died following a stabbing in western NSW.

Emergency services were called to a home on Nymagee Street, Narromine at 9pm on Friday. Officers arrived to find a 16-year-old boy with stab injuries to his neck.

He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Dubbo airport, where he died.

Detective Superintendent Scott Bingham said NSW Police had run multiple operations focused on knife crime.

“No one should be carrying a knife in public,” he said.

“If you’re caught with a knife, there are substantial penalties.”

Two weeks ago, six people were stabbed to death at the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre.

Days later, a 16-year-old boy allegedly stabbed a priest during an attack at a church in Wakeley.

-with AAP

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