CHICAGO — A mother charged in the fatal stabbing of her 5-year-old daughter was denied bond Monday.
Simone Austin, 27, is charged with with first-degree murder in the death of Serenity Arrington.
Police said officers responded to reports of a person stabbed on the 3200 block of West Fulton Boulevard around 9 a.m. Saturday, and found a 5-year-old Serenity with multiple stab wounds on her body, including her throat.
The girl was treated by paramedics at the scene before she was transported to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Police said Austin approached officers at the scene in East Garfield Park and was taken into custody.
According to police, the stabbing happened inside the girl’s grandfather’s house. Prosecutors believe Serenity’s 8-year-old sister witnessed the killing. Austin told her 8-year-old daughter to leave the room before the killing, according to court documents.
The 8-year-old sister watched through a hole in the doorknob as her mom grabbed a serrated knife and stabbed Serenity in the throat, according to court documents.
Prosecutors said the 8-year old tried to pull her mom off her sister and screamed for her grandfather, who returned home after the stabbing. The documents said he called 911 and asked neighbors to do the same.
Police also said they are familiar with the home.
“There were prior calls to the address. We just don’t know at this time why what happened today. But there were multiple calls,” said Chicago Police Officer Jose Jara.
DCFS confirmed to WGN they have had prior contact with the family, but did not give specific dates.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said his officers are haunted by what they saw Saturday.
‘The murder of a child at the hands of their parent is too much to contemplate,” he said. “We pray and grieve for this precious child.”
Brown said because of this case, he’s ordering new training for officers on how to deal with families under stress and the impact officers can have on children.
He’s asking other families who need help to ask for it.
The Maryville Crisis Nursery offers free childcare 24/7, every day of the year for families who call their hotline at 773-205-3637.