The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office charges a Manheim Township teenage girl as an adult after calling 911 and admitting to killing her older sister.
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. – A 14-year-old Manheim Township girl is accused of killing her older sister at their family home early Monday morning.
Claire Miller, 14, faces criminal homicide charges as an adult for her role in the incident.
According to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, shortly after 1 a.m. on February 22, a girl later identified as Claire Miller called 911 and reported that she had killed her sister at their home in the block. 1500 houses of Clayton Road in the Township of Manheim. .
Court documents indicate that she was “hysterical” on the phone.
Upon arrival at around 1:13 a.m., the police were greeted by Claire Miller, who was standing in front of the residence.
According to the criminal complaint, Miller repeatedly said, “I stabbed my sister” and police observed what appeared to be blood on the snow near the driveway to the residence.
Police were directed to a bedroom where they found Helen Miller, 19, with a large knife in her neck, just above her chest.
According to the criminal complaint, Helen Miller was lying on her back with her hands near her head.
Police and EMS personnel attempted unsuccessful rescue measures.
Officials say at the time that they determined the incident occurred while the girls’ parents were sleeping.
Claire Miller was taken into custody at the scene and the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has approved the charges against her.
Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams wrote in an email:
“It is certainly an incredibly tragic and unusual case. Our sympathies go out to this family as they try to deal with the impact of this crime. Investigators will continue to process and analyze the evidence to determine the circumstances that led to the victim’s death. “
Miller was charged as an adult with one count of criminal homicide. She was arraigned Monday morning, refused on bail and transported to Lancaster County Jail.
“Shocking and tragic. It’s not the sort of thing you’d expect in our neighborhood. It’s very quiet and peaceful,” said Sarah Delia, a neighbor who said she did not know the Millers personally. “Obviously, a tragedy like this is sad news.”
Claire Miller was enrolled in Lancaster Country Day School as a ninth grade student.
On Monday, the school had virtual lessons due to the weather, but offered counseling services today and will offer them again on Tuesday.
“We are surprised at the news of this incident and we are grieved even as we seek to support the family and ensure the support of all our students and families within our close-knit school community,” said the principal of the Steve Lisk School.
Miller’s next hearing date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for February 26.
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