6-year-old stabs 4-year-old at Melrose Place Apartments - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee


6-year-old stabs 4-year-old at Melrose Place Apartments

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The Melrose Place Apartments in the 3000 block of Barron Avenue became a crime scene Wednesday morning after police say a 6-year-old boy cut his 4-year-old sister with a razor blade.

According to police, the boy cut his younger sister in the forearm.

The children's mother told police the two were playing in her bedroom when she heard them begin to argue. She then heard the 4-year-old scream and ran into the bathroom, where she found her bleeding from a cut on her arm.

Police say that child was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

Parents in the area are reacting to the news.

“You can't watch a child all the time, every minute, but we just have to watch them,” said parent Pam W.

“I keep everything up away from them up high,” added parent Sandra Morgan.

Dr. Catherine is a child psychologist. She works at the Family Exchange Center in Memphis and said, “No one wants to see a child hurt. In all likelihood, what this little boy was acting out of was an angry impulse.”

Dr. Collins says it's very important for parents to teach their kids other options to deal with their aggression.

“To be able to use their words, to call Mom to do something else besides lash out with another child,” said Dr. Collins.

We've all heard of baby-proofing your home, Dr. Collins says, “I think it's important not to lose sight of those precautions in place even as children get older.”

The Tennessee Department of Children Services is now handling the investigation.

A spokesperson released a statement Wednesday saying, "DCS is investigating and seeing what we need to do to keep these children safe."

They say because of confidentiality laws, they can't release the department's history with this family -- if there is any.

At last check, the 4-year-old girl was listed in non-critical condition at LeBonhuer Children's Hospital.

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