LONGWOOD, Fla. —After they were all stabbed in Longwood, a child died and two people got very hurt.
Juan Bravo-Torres, the father of the children, is a person of interest in the case. He is 39 years old.
Sgt. Derek Chenoweth said that officers found the body of a 4-year-old girl early Thursday morning in a home on Highland Street.
Bravo-Torres and a 12-year-old girl were both taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police said that when they found Bravo-Torres, he had stab wounds that they think he gave himself.
Chenoweth said that the 12-year-old girl, who was badly hurt, had walked about a mile from her home to a nearby McDonald’s to get help.
They said it was an isolated domestic incident and that the public is not in danger. The loss was so big that it made the neighbors sad.
“It’s just super sad, man. I mean, any death is terrible,” Sean McGee said. “A bit scary. First, I asked myself if I should be worried. Do I need to be inside? It looks like we’re fine. The area is not in danger.”
Rafhi Rodriguez and his wife have four young kids and live in a very quiet neighborhood, according to them.
Rodriguez said, “That’s crazy.” “When I found out about it, it broke my heart. I was very sad, because, you know, having kids is a dream of mine.
Rodriguez said, “She was very brave. She was told to walk a mile with a stab wound and she did.” “It’s a real tragedy, and I think we need to help those who need it.”
The girls’ mother wasn’t at home when all this went down. She learned about it at work. The police say there haven’t been any problems here in the past.
Chenoweth told people who are being abused at home to go to the police for help.
“People in domestic situations can get a lot of help, and we encourage them to speak up. Chenoweth also said, “If you think someone is in a domestic situation and they aren’t speaking up, speak up for them so things don’t get worse and turn into a critical incident.”
“Again, it’s sick, and any death is terrible. But when it’s children, like my four younger siblings, it’s heartbreaking,” McGee said.