Teen admits guilt in 4-year-old sister's stabbing death

Staff Report

The Associated Press

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A 13-year-old who admitted stabbing his four-year-old sister to death will be sentenced in juvenile court in Abilene.

Sentencing is Monday for the boy, whose name hasn't been released because of his age.

Authorities say the boy pleaded "true" during a hearing last week on a capital murder charge over the February death of Ella Smith.

The siblings were home alone at the time of the stabbing.

The boy is too young to be certified to stand trial as an adult.

Judge Robert Harper will determine the teen's punishment, which is up to 40 years in state custody.

Minors committed to the Texas Youth Commission, for crimes such as murder, typically are sent to the Giddings State School. The facility has a violent offender treatment program.

Depending on the sentence, the boy could be moved to the adult prison system when he turns 19.