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Prosecutors debating how to proceed in child stabbing case

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CHARLESTON, WV -

Kanawha County prosecutors are trying to determine how to proceed in a child stabbing case in Charleston, WV.

The incident occurred at a residence in the 400 block of Hunt Avenue on Sunday when an 8-year-old boy allegedly stabbed his 4-year-old sister in the neck with a knife.

During a news conference, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants said this case is unprecedented because it involves a juvenile as young as 8. Under state law, children cannot be criminally charged until they are 10-years-old.  Prosecutors say they are trying to find a way and balance public safety with what is best for the child.

"Unfortunately at the time we live, it seems more serious crimes are being committed by younger and younger adults, and I fear this is a situation that is going to come up in the future," said Plants.

Prosecutors said they could not discuss specifics of the case because of the age of the child involved.  It is also unclear where the 8-year-old is being held.  No charges have been filed against the children's parents.

The little girl who was stabbed was taken to CAMC General. She is being treated for minor injuries and is expected to be released on Tuesday.