Mother charged with fatally stabbing 5-year-old girl in Chicago

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CHICAGO โ€” A mother charged in the fatal stabbing of her 5-year-old daughter is expected in court Monday.

Simone Austin, 27, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Serenity Arrington.

Police said officers responded to reports of a stabbing around 9 a.m. Saturday and found 5-year-old Serenity with multiple stab wounds on her body, including her throat.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her death was ruled a homicide.

According to police, the stabbing happened inside the house of the girl’s grandfather. Police said they are familiar with the home, located in East Garfield Park, Illinois.

โ€œThere were prior calls to the address. We just donโ€™t know at this time why … what happened today. But there were multiple calls,โ€ said Chicago police officer Jose Jara.

Police say Austin approached officers at the scene and was taken into custody.

The details behind the incident remain unclear.

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