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12-year-old St. Louis boy charged with killing neighbor girl

Sunday, July 8, 2007

ST. LOUIS -- A 12-year-old boy has been accused of fatally stabbing his 13-year-old neighbor during a fight in front of the girl's home.

The 12-year-old boy was charged Friday with second-degree murder in juvenile court for allegedly stabbing Alexus Purtty late Thursday night outside her St. Louis home. State law allows juveniles as young as 12 to be certified to stand trial as adults, but prosecutors have not yet decided whether they will seek to try the boy as an adult.

Alexus' mother, Alecia Kimble, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the fight began after the boy and his friends went by the family's house several times Thursday night, yelling profanities and bragging about stealing from the family's home last month. Kimble said the family's home was burglarized June 27 and that within days, people told her the boy was selling the family's property around the neighborhood.

Kimble said that she called police up to seven times Thursday night but that she never saw an officer. Alexus, her mother, grandmother, younger brothers and baby sister were on the family's porch that night.

Police said they have records of at least two calls after 10 p.m. Thursday in which the family reported a burglary suspect's whereabouts, but they never told dispatchers of any threats or fights. Police said officers twice went to the neighborhood but did not find the boy.

Finally, around 11:30 p.m., Alexus stepped off the porch and began arguing with the boys, according to family and police. The shouting match turned into shoving, witnesses told police, and eventually the 12-year-old went to his house as Alexus fought with the other boys.

The fight was breaking up when the 12-year-old returned with a steak knife and shoved it into Alexus' left side as she walked toward her home, family and police allege.

"I didn't even know she was stabbed until she fell and I saw the blood," said Kimble, who had been standing near her daughter.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where she died shortly after midnight.


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Unfreeking believable that something like this can happen .

-- Posted by DaveB on Mon, Jul 9, 2007, at 12:02 PM

Why is it that the police did not go to the house of this family?? The police stated and I quote "Police said officers twice went to the neighborhood but did not find the boy". If the police had of gone to the house instead of the neighborhood, they would have found the problem. This was a senseless crime, and I think that the police need to take some responsibility for simply not checking things out!! And, why did the mother allow her daughter to go out and fight with these boy's? That child needed to be inside until police arrived! This was an all around screwed up situation!!

-- Posted by Lady_bug on Mon, Jul 9, 2007, at 10:02 PM

I'm grateful I live in a small community! Last winter I was 5 miles out of town when my grandaughter (who lives with me) called and said she thought there was a prowler at our residence. I kept her on the line and called Scott City police on another line. There was an officer at my house within 5 minutes!

-- Posted by mammidam on Tue, Jul 10, 2007, at 5:19 AM

Living in a small community doesn't protect you from ignorance or violence. It does mean you have a quicker response time due to lack of other activities and distance to drive; however, small doesn't equal safe.

-- Posted by semo@heart on Tue, Jul 10, 2007, at 8:43 AM

Heartbreaking.

-- Posted by rxqueen923 on Tue, Jul 10, 2007, at 8:12 PM

Just another day in the ghetto. Soon this will be happening here. Where are the parents???? Or should I say, "Dad"??

-- Posted by Gordon Gecko on Tue, Jul 10, 2007, at 8:25 PM


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