Gruesome details emerge after girl, 12, ‘woke to dad cutting her throat after killing her 3-year-old sister

Gruesome details emerge after girl, 12, ‘woke to dad cutting her throat after killing her 3-year-old sister

A 12-year-old girl managed to stay alive after its claimed she woke up to find her dad trying to cut her throat, after he killed her young sister.

The child from Longwood, a suburb north of Orlando, Florida, managed to survive the ordeal by playing dead.

Juan Bravo-Torres is currently being held at the John E Polk Correctional Facility
Juan Bravo-Torres is currently being held at the John E Polk Correctional FacilityCredit: John E. Polk Correctional Facility
Bravo-Torres is said to have killed his three-year-old daughter at their home in Longwood, Florida
Bravo-Torres is said to have killed his three-year-old daughter at their home in Longwood, FloridaCredit: Fox 35

Dad Juan Bravo-Torres, 39, is facing charges of first-degree premeditated murder and attempted murder after cops say he stabbed his three-year-old daughter to death and then attacked his older daughter at their home on Thursday morning.

The 12-year-old daughter was asleep in her brother’s room when she was woken by her dad reaching for her throat, according to the arrest affidavit, seen by Fox 35 Orlando.

The girl’s brother was out of town at the time.

The girl thought Bravo-Torres was reaching for her necklace but grabbed and cut her throat.

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When Bravo-Torres went to get another knife, the girl tried to escape and saw her younger sister lying dead in the hallway.

When Bravo-Torres returned, the girl tried to fight back and eventually “acted dead,” hoping Bravo-Torres would stop the attack, according to the affidavit.

The dad then dragged both daughters into the bedroom, where he slit his own wrists and she “heard what sounded like he was cutting his throat.”

She then laid still until she thought her dad had lost consciousness, grabbed the knife used in the attack to protect herself, and walked almost a mile to the McDonald’s where her mom worked.

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The girl told her mom what had happened and Longwood police were alerted.

“At that age, to be sleeping and woken up by being attacked with a knife, seeing your younger sister in the condition she was in, fighting off your father, and having the mindset to think, ‘How am I going to get out of this?’ When he lost consciousness, she got out of the house, and she went to where she knew her mom was, and it’s just remarkable,” Longwood police Sgt. Derek Chenoweth said in a press conference.

“Grown adults may not have been able to come to that decision, and this 12-year-old did that, and she’s alive today because of the choices that she made.”

Cops found Bravos-Torres critically injured and the three-year-old girl dead when they arrived at 5.40am.

“Officers found an extensive amount of blood just inside the residence and began to search the residence for injured person(s),” police said. “Officers located a male subject in the bathroom suffering from extensive injuries to the torso of his body. This subject was unconscious. Officers also located a female juvenile approx. 3 years of age, in this same bathroom, who was apparently deceased.”

Both Bravos-Torres and the girl were rushed to hospital, he and the surviving daughter are said to be in a critical but stable condition.

Bravos-Torres is under arrest and being held at the John E Polk Correctional Facility.

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Longwood police arrested the suspect back in 2011 for domestic battery — and that was the last time officers had contact with him, Chenoweth said, reports Law & Crime.

Longwood Police Department officers placed flowers and balloons at the memorial site where the 3-year-old was killed.

Cops were seen leaving balloons and flowers at the scene
Cops were seen leaving balloons and flowers at the sceneCredit: Fox 35

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