Slidell child's stabbing classified as homicide
Press Releases from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office:
SLIDELL---A 9-year-old girl died after she was stabbed in the neck early Tuesday (July 7) morning at her Slidell-area residence.
Shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in Slidell in reference to a child who had been cut on her neck.
When deputies arrived at the residence, family members informed them the child had been injured and was unresponsive. Deputies rendered aide until emergency medical personnel arrived, at which time, the child was transported via ambulance to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
In a press release posted Wednesday, the coroner's office ruled the cause of death as sharp trauma (stab wound) to the victim's neck. The manner of death is homicide.
Dr. Charles Preston added that "homicide" refers to a manner of death in which one person dies due to the actions of another. He said it is distinct from "murder," which is a criminal charge. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating.