A Kentucky man is accused of slitting his 3-year-old niece's throat in a violent attack that was heard over the baby monitor by the victim's father.
Josephine Bulubenchi died Sunday evening more than a day after her uncle, 33-year-old Emanuel Fluter, allegedly attacked her in front of four other children at a home in Albany, Kentucky, WKYT reports.
Clinton County Sheriff Jim Guffey said the victim's father, Benjamin Bulubenchi, heard the young girl's screams over a monitor at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday and ran into the room to discover the horrific sight and was himself cut while trying to intervene, according to WKRN.
Josephina, who was one of nine siblings, was taken to the local hospital and later airlifted to Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington, but she later died from her injuries.
Guffey called the attack "the most horrendous crime" he's seen during his 15 years on the job, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
He said investigators are still trying to determine the motive in the attack, but don't believe that drugs played a role.
Fluter "was not acting like he was on anything,” he said.
Fluter had been living with his sister, Simona Bulubenchi, and her family for several months when the attack occurred.
He's now facing murder charges, one count of first-degree assault and four counts of wanton endangerment and is being held at the Clinton County jail on a $500,000 all-cash bond.
The victim's family has set up a GoFundMe account in an effort to raise money to transport the girl to Michigan for funeral services.
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