5-year-old stabbed to death in North Carolina, police say mom is the killer.

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Apr. 26 2021, Published 3:08 p.m. ET

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A 5-year-old was stabbed to death in Henderson County, North Carolina, and police say her mother is the killer. 

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Around 8:45 a.m. on April 25, deputies from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a stabbing.

Once officers and emergency personnel arrived at the residence, they found that the victim, a 5-year-old girl, died from her injuries, according to the sheriff's office. 

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The investigation led to the child’s mother as the suspect, police say.  Penny Short Hartle, 50, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. 

Officers did not say why Hartle allegedly killed her child. 

Hartle did not receive bond and remains in jail.


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