CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities are working together to determine what avenues to take in response to an 8-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed his 4-year-old sister with a knife in their home on Charleston's West Side.
Because the case involves a juvenile, authorities can release very little information, said Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants.
However, he did confirm information already reported in media outlets that an 8-year-old allegedly stabbed his sister.
According to earlier media reports, the boy was stabbing his sister's doll with a knife when the little girl tried to retrieve the doll and was stabbed in the neck by her brother.
The incident occurred 3 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Hunt Avenue on Charleston's West Side, according to earlier news accounts. However, Plants said he could not confirm or deny the location.
No immediate evidence was found to show wrongdoing on the part of the parents, he said.
"The preliminary investigation shows no signs of neglect," he said. "The investigation is ongoing. There is no evidence that it could be avoided."
Charleston Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives, later said a juvenile petition had been filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court against the boy.
Lt. Mark Abbott said Sunday evening that the boy and his father were brought to the police department immediately following the incident. They left together after speaking with officers.
Abbott said that the girl suffered a small puncture wound. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment and was to be released Monday or Tuesday, Plants said.
"The victim is recovering," he said. "She did sustain injuries."