The 33-year-old maternal uncle has been arrested and is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond.
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Josephine Bulubenchi, a 3-year-old Kentucky girl, was playing with four of her brothers and sisters on Saturday afternoon when her maternal uncle allegedly killed her by slitting her throat in front of her siblings, reports PEOPLE. Thirty-three-year-old Emanuel Fluter allegedly grabbed her and slashed her throat. The little girl's father heard her screams through a baby monitor and ran into the room, according to Clinton County Sheriff Jim Guffey. He saw that his brother-in-law had attacked his daughter and tried to disarm him.
Josephine’s father was injured during the encounter. The little girl was rushed to the hospital and died the following day. Fluter was initially charged with two counts of first-degree assault and four counts of wanton endangerment, reports local TV station WKYT. But after the child's death, he was charged with murder. Fluter was first taken into custody and officials allege that he was too combative and violent to get him to take a mugshot. He is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond.
HEARTBREAKING: A Kentucky dad heard his 3-year-old scream on baby monitor as uncle slashed her throat, authorities say. https://t.co/o2YFD523lG— KVOA News 4 Tucson (@KVOA) December 12, 2018
Rest in peace, little Josephine Bulubenchi. pic.twitter.com/EHv7aRFegI
A GoFundMe was set up for the little girl's family; she is survived by parents Beni and Simona Bulubenchi and their other 8 children. The page raised $76,648 for the family. In an update, they shared: First we would like to thank each and everyone of you that have been keeping our family in your prayers and for all that have sent a generous gift to our family. To put everyone’s questions at ease... we do plan on moving to Michigan and that’s why our sweet Baby Girl Josephine was buried there. As for some that may not know in that crazy night we rushed Josephine to the emergency room in town trying hard to save her life the doctors did an awesome job fixing her to last the flight with the Helicopter to the UK emergency surgery room where Josephine did not have oxygen going to her brain, so after a few hours the doctors came and told us the devastating news “dead brain” she left for Heaven and left us with Only memories. So most of this money that was raised may be going to the Helicopter bill that we have not yet seen. Dear friends We would give anything to have Josephine back, but I know it’s not Gods plan. Money doesn’t buy life, money doesn’t bring happiness..... May God Bless each and everyone of you!
Tough story in Clinton County. A family devastated over this little girl's murder and knowing her uncle is charged with the crime.Relatives say fun, loving Josephine Bulubenchi adored her uncle. They tell me he was not "himself" during Saturday's attack.@LEX18News 6 pic.twitter.com/9KrNuLKsUG— Leigh Searcy (@LSearcLex) December 12, 2018
The family has also decided to forgive Emanuel Fluter, who pleaded not guilty. According to WYMT, Fluter's relatives said that he has been suffering from mental health issues. Many are shocked that such a horrifying thing has happened to the close-knit Christian family. Dariu Flutur, who is the suspect's brother, said, "Separated from reality. He did realize what he did. And I know he is sorry for what he did. He has a mental condition that he suffers with since he was in the army. It's tough for us to understand because of what happened. I forgive him as his older brother. And my sister told me to write in my letter that she forgives him, my brother-in-law forgives him. My nieces and nephews ask about him and they forgive him," Dariu said. "I want people to know that he loved his nieces and loved his nephews. He loved us. He loved me and his sister." A neighbor also shared, "They're such a beautiful family the kids, mom, and the dad, they are very friendly the kids are out in the yard playing a lot. It was just extremely heartbreaking. I just can't imagine someone being able to do that."