Tennessee teenager stabs 15-year-old brother for 'picking on him', says 'I'd rather go to jail than spend 8 hours in the car with him'
The 13-year-old has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection to the incident
A Tennessee teen who was arrested for stabbing his older brother multiple times reportedly told deputies that he'd rather go to jail than spend eight hours in the car with his sibling. Deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office were called to a residence in Crestview, which is around a 45-minute drive from Pensacola, Florida, on Saturday, July 6, to reports of a stabbing, according to Fox News.
On arrival, a 15-year-old boy told them that he had been stabbed by his 13-year-old brother, but did not go into any further detail. Lt. Todd Watkins, with the OSCO, said the teen was heard calling some of his friends to retaliate against his brother while he was in the back of the ambulance on his way to the hospital, but to little avail.
Watkins said that, while the teen did not require surgery for his injuries, doctors had to treat him for three "deep puncture wounds" before releasing him from the hospital. Watkins said that when the 13-year-old was being questioned about his incident, he said he understood his rights and that he did not regret stabbing his sibling.
The younger brother reportedly admitted to stabbing his brother in the arm three times with a "multi-tool", and told deputies he did it because he was "tired of his brother picking on him". The teen also allegedly claimed that he would rather go to jail than spend eight hours in the car with his brother. The brothers live in Clarksville, Tennessee, and were set to drive there from Crestview on the day of the stabbing.
"I stabbed him and I don’t care about going back to jail. I’d rather be in jail than eight hours in the car with him," read an arrest report filed in connection to the incident. Watkins admitted that he had never witnessed such an incident before. "We've had incidents with siblings but not this young," he revealed. "I have never dealt with them this young with this violent of a crime."
The 13-year-old has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was taken to a juvenile detention facility.