Sources: Suspect in sister’s death had knife at school

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Jenny Lind Elementary school remembers Leila Fowler, an 8-year-old girl who was stabbed to death inside her home in Valley Springs, California on April 27, 2013.

(CNN) — A 12-year-old California boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister had been suspended from his middle school this year after being accused of bringing a small pocketknife there, according to a fellow student and a school administration source.

Police announced Saturday that the boy had been arrested on a homicide charge in the late April stabbing death of his sister, Leila Fowler, at their northern California home.

Before Leila’s death, the boy’s middle school in Valley Springs suspended him for five days after he brought a small pocketknife to school, according to one of the boy’s classmates. That account was backed up by a school administration source.

Authorities haven’t revealed what kind of knife was used in Leila’s death, which happened April 27 inside the family home in Valley Springs.

The death of Leila, known for her bubbly personality, shook the small town of Valley Springs, where ribbons in her favorite color of purple were tied to stop signs.

Leila’s brother had told police that he’d seen an intruder leaving the home. But Saturday, police announced that the boy had been arrested.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.