Uncle slices niece’s throat in attack heard over baby monitor: sheriff

Uncle slices niece’s throat in attack heard over baby monitor: sheriff

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 died Sunday at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, where she was taken after being allegedly attacked early Saturday by Emanuel Fluter, her 33-year-old uncle who was living with his sister, Simona Bulubenchi, in Clinton County, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Sheriff Jim Guffey said the killing was the “most horrendous crime” he had seen in more than 15 years on the job.

The girl’s father, Benjamin Bulubenchi, heard his daughter screaming on a baby monitor during the attack. He rushed into the girl’s room and found her throat slit. Fluter then turned the knife on the father, cutting him as well, Guffey told the newspaper.

Four other children were also in the room during the attack, WKYT reports.

It’s unclear what provoked the attack, but Guffey said investigators do not believe Fluter was under the influence of drugs.

“He was not acting like he was on anything,” Guffey told the 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.

The girl’s death has been listed as a homicide, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports, citing the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

Fluter, who was initially charged with counts of first-degree assault and wanton endangerment, is now facing an upgraded murder charge, Guffey told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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, WKRM reports.

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