CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman was ordered held without bond after she was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her 5-year-old daughter on Chicago’s West Side.
Simone Austin, 27, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Serenity Arrington, according to police and Cook County prosecutors. A judge denied her bail at her bond hearing on Monday.
Detectives and prosecutors said Austin cut Serenity’s throat in front of her 8-year-old sister, using a serrated knife.
“This young baby — her throat was cut.”
Detectives say mother stabbed 5yo in front of her 8yo sister.
Invoked her right to remain silent open her arrest.
— Megan Hickey (@MeganHickeyTV) September 28, 2020
At Austin’s bond hearing, prosecutors said Serenity’s mother had asked the older girl to leave the room, and she watched through a hole in the doorknob as Austin pulled the knife out from under a pillow and cut Serenity’s neck.
The sister screamed and then saw Austin stabbing Serenity. Prosecutors said the sister tried to pull Austin off Serenity by her hair. Her grandfather, who was also living in the same apartment, had gone out to get coffee at the time, and came back to find the front door locked. When he went to the kitchen door in back, the daughter told him “her mommy killed her little sister.”
“Keep that child in your thoughts and prayers, because this will obviously be with her for the rest of her life,” said Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan.
Prosecutors said the grandfather saw Austin undressing when he got inside the apartment, and immediately went out to the porch as the older sister ran outside yelling that her mom had killed her sister.
That’s when Austin brought Serenity outside and laid her down on the grass. Neighbors saw her bleeding profusely from a gash in her throat, and heard her mother apologizing, saying “she shouldn’t have done this,” prosecutors said.
Paramedics rushed Serenity to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where she was later pronounced dead from multiple stab wounds. Prosecutors said one of the wounds to her throat went almost completely through to the back of her neck.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has been called to the home in the past, but the details were not immediately available.
“We’ve had previous calls there for domestic violence where the mother was the victim of domestic violence and other people in the family called,” Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said on Monday.
Supt. Brown said Chicago Police would send us more information about domestic violence related calls, but as of late Monday, we had not received the information we requested.
Prosecutors said Serenity’s older sister told investigators about a previous incident when she saw her walking around with a knife because the little girls had spilled some eggs on the porch.
Austin does not have…