Man accused of killing his 3-year-old niece by slashing her throat 'has a mental condition' and is 'sorry for what he did'
The brother of the 33-year-old suspect, Emanuel Flutur, said that "he has a mental condition that he suffers with since he was in the Army"
A man accused of fatally slashing the throat of his 3-year-old niece last week in Kentucky "has a mental condition," his brother has confirmed.
Though a motive is yet to be established, Emanuel Flutur, 33, is said to be aware of his action and and is sorry for it, Dariu Flutur, the suspect's older brother, said.
In a conversation with local TV station WKYT, Dariu said: “He has a mental condition that he suffers with since he was in the Army. It’s tough for us to understand, because of what happened.”
On Saturday afternoon, Josephine Bulubenchi was playing with her brothers and sisters at her home in Clinton County when her beloved uncle, grabbed her and slashed her throat, police said.
The girl's father heard her horrifying shrieks via a baby monitor and ran into the room to stop his brother-in-law. However, it was too late to save Josephine, according to Clinton County Sheriff Jim Guffey.
Little Josephine succumbed to her injuries after being rushed to the hospital and died the following day. Meanwhile, Flutur was remanded in solitary confinement with a $1 million bond on charges of murder, assault, and wanton endangerment, People reports.
Dariu said Emanuel was remorseful but was also "separated from reality." “He did realize what he did and I know he’s sorry for what he did," he said. But at a court appearance on Tuesday, Emanuel pleaded not guilty to his charges. Nonetheless, Dariu said: “I want people to know that he [Emanuel] loved his nieces and loved his nephews. He loved us. He loved me and his sister.”
While Emanuel was initially booked for two counts of first-degree assault and four counts of wanton endangerment, those charges were upgraded to murder after Josephine died. According to WYMT, Emanuel was physically aggressive when he was first taken into custody, to an extent that authorities found it difficult to take a mugshot of the suspect.
Emanuel Fluter now charged with murder in 3-year-old’s death at Clinton County home. Apparently the uncle lived with family that included 9 other kids. No word yet on why this happened. More on @WKYT pic.twitter.com/oPhgjE5SBE— Phil Pendleton (@philtvnews) December 10, 2018
Sheriff Guffey revealed to reporters that 15 years on the job, Josephine's death "was the most horrendous ever."
The Bulubenchi family has set up a GoFundMe page in order to raise funds to help them transport Josephine's body to Michigan for a funeral.
While it is yet unclear what caused Flutur to do what he did, the devastated family is left wondering what went wrong. However, speaking to WKYT, Dariu said: "I forgive him as his older brother."