7-year-old alerts Alabama police to family member’s stabbing

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BROOKSIDE, Ala. (AP) — Police received a 911 call from a 7-year-old child, who told them a family member was seriously injured in a stabbing at their home, an Alabama police department said.

Officers responded to a Brookside neighborhood on Wednesday evening and found a man with severe lacerations covering his head and face, Chief Mike Jones told news outlets. The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

The 7-year-old, as well as a 2-year-old child, were left there with the injured man while the suspect and another family member escaped, police said. The suspect was identified as the victim’s father, James Alvis. The two were arguing when Alvis slashed his son in the face with a knife, Jones said.

Alvis is charged with domestic violence. The other family member who left the scene is charged with hindering prosecution for helping Alvis escape instead of aiding the victim, Jones said.

The children were taken into state custody.

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