12-year-old girl arrested for attempting to poison 4-year-old stepbrother because 'mother loved him more'

When the boy fell ill, the mother questioned her daughter if she had something to do with the incident, it was then that the girl admitted to trying to poison the child.


                            12-year-old girl arrested for attempting to poison 4-year-old stepbrother because 'mother loved him more'

A 12-year-old girl was reportedly charged for attempting to kill her 4-year-old stepbrother by poisoning him because she believed her mother loved the little boy more, according to officials. A Christian County sheriff's report state that the little girl was charged with murder on Wednesday in Oak Grove, Kentucky. 

Reports state that the girl's plans were uncovered after her mother looked through her Skype messages and saw that she told someone in Texas that she was going to use Mr Clean — an all-purpose cleaner and melamine foam cleaner — in an attempt to get rid of her younger stepbrother.

A Mr Clean cleaner can be seen in this image. (Wikimedia commons)
A Mr Clean cleaner can be seen in this image. (Wikimedia commons)

Christian County Sheriff's Office's Captain Chris Miller, while talking to WTVF-TV said: "Obviously, this is not something that's normal. It's quite normal for brothers and sisters to fight, brothers and sisters to disagree. This is kind of above the normal for what we would expect out of that age." When the boy fell ill, the mother questioned her daughter if she had something to do with the incident, it was then when the little girl admitted to trying to poison the child.

Reports state that the unidentified girl told her mother that she did it because she felt that her mother loved the boy more than her.

"We're talking about a 12-year-old here, so we are looking into the mind of a 12-year-old, what bothers her and what makes her tick. This is obviously something that bothered her," Captain Miller added. According to police reports, the deputies attempted to talk to the daughter in the presence of her mother and when she was asked why she had she poisoned the child, she replied with: "it was because he was annoying her."

Reports state that the juvenile, after her confession, was arrested and charged with murder as the state does not have a charge for attempted murder. Captain Miller said: "She's facing a murder charge because Kentucky does not have an attempted murder charge there. Depending on the outcome of her medical evaluation, that murder charge could be reduced to something else with the same penalty."


The girl has reportedly been taken to Cumberland Hall medical facility for a complete mental health evaluation, according to reports.