A 3-year-old girl died in Kentucky after her uncle slit her throat in an attack her father heard over the baby monitor, authorities said.
Josephine Mia Bulubenchi was playing with four of her brothers and sisters when her maternal uncle allegedly grabbed her and slashed her throat in front of them.
According to Clinton County Sheriff Jim Guffey, the girl’s father heard her screams through a baby monitor and rushed into the room to find that his brother-in-law had attacked his daughter.
Josephine’s dad was injured as he tried to disarm Fluter, authorities say. Josephine was rushed to the hospital and died the following day.
33-year-old Emanuel Fluter has been charged with murder. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bond.
When Fluter was first taken into custody, he was allegedly too combative and violent for authorities to get him to take a mugshot. Although it’s unclear what provoked the attack, investigators do not believe Fluter was under the influence of drugs.
“He was not acting like he was on anything,” Sheriff Guffey told a newspaper.
The girl was one of the family’s nine children, according to a GoFundMe page created to help offset funeral costs and to transport her body to Michigan. The fundraiser had garnered more than $38,000 in donations as of early Tuesday.
Fluter is expected to be arraigned Tuesday. He had been living with his sister’s family for just a few months prior to the alleged attack.
Our hearts break for this family. Please keep them in your prayers.