Claire Miller: Pennsylvania teen allegedly stabs sister with cerebral palsy to death, washes blood off in snow
Cops found Claire outside the home repeatedly saying, 'I stabbed my sister.' Cops went inside the house and found the victim, who was wheelchair-bound, in a bedroom with a large knife in her neck
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA: A teenage girl has been charged with criminal homicide after she allegedly killed her elder sister, who had cerebral palsy and was non-verbal. Claire Miller allegedly killed 19-year-old Helen Miller on Monday, February 22, morning while their parents slept. The 14-year-old accused also tried to wash the blood off in the snow, according to a report by The Sun.
It was also reported that Claire is being held at Lancaster County Prison without any bond and has been charged as an adult. According to authorities, police arrived at the 1500 block of Clayton Road just after 1 am on Monday, February 22, after they got a call from a woman saying she had killed her sister.
Court documents stated that when cops responded, they found Claire outside the home repeatedly saying, “I stabbed my sister.” Cops went inside the house and found the victim, who was wheelchair-bound, in a bedroom with a large knife in her neck. Attempts were reportedly made to revive the girl, but she could not be saved.
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The criminal complaint noted that "upon arrival" at the scene, a cop "was waved down by a female, later identified as the defendant Claire Elaina Miller, who was standing in front of the residence." The police officer stated that Claire "repeatedly said 'I stabbed my sister'," with the officer observing "what appeared to be blood on the snow near the driveway of the residence."
It mentioned that the suspect "appeared to be attempting to wash her hands in the snow," and she "also had what appeared to be blood on her pants." The complaint continued that inside the home, "a pillow with blood stains over Helen's face” was found. It stated that a cop "removed the pillow and found a large knife in Helen's neck, just above her chest. Helen was lying on her back with her hands up near her head,” adding "a large amount of blood was pooled on Helen's chest and bed."
On the case, Manheim Township police Chief Tom Rudzinski said, “Looking for evidence and trying to come up with a timetable and whatever they can find to help them understand what might have happened. My heart goes out to them, and I can’t even begin to understand or imagine the pain that they feel at this point.”
Meanwhile, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office also released a statement that read, "A Manheim Township teenager is charged with killing her older sister in her family home in the early morning hours on February 22, 2021. Officers with the Manheim Township Police Department were dispatched shortly after 1:00 am Monday, February 22, 2021, to the 1500 Block of Clayton Road, Manheim Township, after a female called 911 and reported that she had killed her sister."
"Arriving officers were met by Claire E. Miller F/14 who directed them to a bedroom where they found Helen M. Miller F/19 with a stab wound in her neck. Officers and EMS personnel attempted lifesaving measures, but they were unsuccessful. Information obtained so far determined that the incident happened during the overnight hours when the girls’ parents were asleep."
The statement continued, "Claire Miller was taken into custody at the scene. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is assisting with the investigation and approved charging Claire Miller with Criminal Homicide. Miller will be arraigned by Magisterial District Judge David Miller."
"It is expected that Miller will be transported to Lancaster County Prison after arraignment on the charge of Homicide. Anyone charged with homicide in Pennsylvania is not eligible for bail. Claire Miller is being charged as an adult because homicide is not considered a delinquent act in Pennsylvania."
The statement added: “Police indicate there is no threat to public safety. Manheim Township Police are fully committed to this investigation. Investigators and members of the Lancaster County Major Crimes Unit are still at the residence collecting evidence and working to determine the circumstances that led to Helen Miller’s death."
"Detective Steve Newman of the Manheim Township Police Department filed the charges which were approved by Assistant District Attorney Christine Wilson. Miller is presumed innocent."