A California woman has been arrested after allegedly stabbing a 6-year-old child in the face at a birthday party.
Crystal Lisa Parra, 35, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, injuring a child and mayhem after police said she struck the girl in the face during a family birthday party Saturday while holding some type of sharp object, according to The Fresno Bee.
Investigators believe that Parra may have been holding a razor blade at the time, but have not been able to determine the exact weapon that was used.
“The suspect became upset with the 6-year-old for some reason that we have not been able to determine and struck the victim in the face,” Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley told local station KFSN.
Emergency responders were called to the scene and took the child, who suffered a laceration under her eye, to the hospital.
Parra fled the scene and was apprehended a short time later at a nearby shopping center.
It’s not clear what relationship Parra had to the girl, but Parra reportedly lives at the home where the party was being held.
Investigators have said those in attendance at the party have been largely uncooperative. The only people willing to give statements about the incident were the victim and the person who brought the young girl to the party.
“We do have a little bit of cooperation but not as much as we usually would on one of these calls,” Dooley said.
Dooley told local station KSEE that the 6-year-old’s parents were both dead and that investigators were still working to determine who the child’s legal guardians are.
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.