*A 15-year-old Michigan girl is in jail for listening to her 23-year-old boyfriend; who told her to kill her family so that they could run off and be together.
But he didn’t hold her hand to the knife that slashed her 12-year-old brother’s throat. And he wasn’t in the house with her when she did it.
His directions were being given via text, as he sat in the car outside.
Roksana Sikorski was in court on Wednesday. The charges against her are conspiracy to commit murder, assault with intent to murder and a felony assault for her role in the brutal stabbing of her 12-year-old brother, who was hospitalized last week, according to a news release from the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.
The girl has been charged as an adult. She and her boyfriend Michael Rivera were arrested within hours of the vicious attack, police said.
“Bluntly, it is rare for this office to charge a 15-year-old as an adult. However, the alleged facts in this case strongly warrant this decision,” Wayne County prosecutor Kym L. Worthy said in a statement. “The alleged actions of this defendant and her co-defendant, to conspire to kill her entire family, are truly haunting.”
According to prosecutors, Sikorski went inside her family’s Plymouth Township home with a knife on Oct. 17 while Rivera waited outside, sending her text message instructions on how to attack and maim her family.
Lt. Bob Antal, head of the Plymouth Township Police Department’s detective bureau, told the Los Angeles Times that Sikorski stabbed her younger brother in the throat, and was planning to slash her younger sister before her brother’s screams woke her parents up.
Sikorski and Rivera both tried to escape by splitting up, but they were caught by police within hours of the attacks.
Antal told The Times that the girl’s parents disapproved of her relationship with Rivera because of the eight-year-age difference. The parents had been pursuing sexual assault charges against Rivera since August.
The suspect’s brother has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Antal. Her parents and 11-year-old sister were not injured in the attacks, Antal said.
Police also recovered a knife at the scene, and believe that was the weapon Sikorski used to attack her brother, according to Antal.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.