Woman, 27, faces murder charge in fatal stabbing of 5-year-old girl, police say

A 27-year-old woman is facing one count of first-degree murder after a 5-year-old girl, who Chicago police say was her daughter, was stabbed to death Saturday morning.

Police arrested Simone Austin, who lives on the same block where the killing occurred, just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3200 block of West Fulton Boulevard in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.

Police said they identified Austin as the suspect who stabbed 5-year-old Serenity Arrington in the throat shortly before 9:20 a.m. in the same block as the arrest, authorities said.

Simone Austin (Chicago Police Department)

Simone Austin (Chicago Police Department)

Arrington, who also lived on the same block, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:50 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

Her death was ruled a homicide due to multiple stab wounds to the neck, the medical examiner’s office said.

After the stabbing, police reported that a woman had “approached” officers took her into custody and to the 11th District station to be booked, police said.

A judge will determine Austin’s bond during a hearing Monday.

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