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Lancaster County 14-year-old accused of killing older sister

A 14-year-old girl in Manheim Township has been charged in the killing of her older sister, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.Claire Miller was arraigned Monday on a homicide charge and is being held without bail at Lancaster County Prison. She is charged as an adult.Authorities said police responded shortly after 1 a.m. Monday to the 1500 block of Clayton Road after a female called 911 and reported she had killed her sister.According to court documents, Miller was outside the home when officers arrived and repeatedly said, “I stabbed my sister.” Police said they went inside the home and found 19-year-old Helen Miller, who is wheelchair-bound, in a bedroom with a large knife in her neck. Life-saving measures were attempted but were unsuccessful, police said.Investigators want to know what led up to the stabbing.“Looking for evidence and trying to come up with a timetable and whatever they can find to help them understand what might have happened,” Manheim Township police Chief Tom Rudzinski said.Police believe the girls’ parents were home but asleep when the stabbing occurred.“My heart goes out to them, and I can’t even begin to understand or imagine the pain that they feel at this point,” Rudzinski said.Autopsy resultsThe Lancaster County coroner on Wednesday released the autopsy results for Helen Miller.The coroner said she died of multiple stab wounds.Her death has been ruled a homicide.The DA’s Office released the following statement Monday morning:”A Manheim Township teenager is charged with killing her older sister in her family home in the early morning hours on February 22, 2021. “Officers with the Manheim Township Police Department were dispatched shortly after 1:00 am Monday, February 22, 2021, to the 1500 Block of Clayton Road, Manheim Township, after a female called 911 and reported that she had killed her sister. Arriving officers were met by Claire E. Miller F/14 who directed them to a bedroom where they found Helen M. Miller F/19 with a stab wound in her neck. Officers and EMS personnel attempted lifesaving measures, but they were unsuccessful. Information obtained so far determined that the incident happened during the overnight hours when the girls’ parents were asleep.”Claire Miller was taken into custody at the scene. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is assisting with the investigation and approved charging Claire Miller with Criminal Homicide. Miller will be arraigned by Magisterial District Judge David Miller. It is expected that Miller will be transported to Lancaster County Prison after arraignment on the charge of Homicide. Anyone charged with homicide in Pennsylvania is not eligible for bail. Claire Miller is being charged as an adult because homicide is not considered a delinquent act in Pennsylvania. “Police indicate there is no threat to public safety. Manheim Township Police are fully committed to this investigation. Investigators and members of the Lancaster County Major Crimes Unit are still at the residence collecting evidence and working to determine the circumstances that led to Helen Miller’s death.”Detective Steve Newman of the Manheim Township Police Department filed the charges which were approved by Assistant District Attorney Christine Wilson. Miller is presumed innocent.”

A 14-year-old girl in Manheim Township has been charged in the killing of her older sister, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

Claire Miller was arraigned Monday on a homicide charge and is being held without bail at Lancaster County Prison. She is charged as an adult.

Authorities said police responded shortly after 1 a.m. Monday to the 1500 block of Clayton Road after a female called 911 and reported she had killed her sister.

According to court documents, Miller was outside the home when officers arrived and repeatedly said, “I stabbed my sister.”

Police said they went inside the home and found 19-year-old Helen Miller, who is wheelchair-bound, in a bedroom with a large knife in her neck. Life-saving measures were attempted but were unsuccessful, police said.

Investigators want to know what led up to the stabbing.

“Looking for evidence and trying to come up with a timetable and whatever they can find to help them understand what might have happened,” Manheim Township police Chief Tom Rudzinski said.

Police believe the girls’ parents were home but asleep when the stabbing occurred.

“My heart goes out to them, and I can’t even begin to understand or imagine the pain that they feel at this point,” Rudzinski said.

Autopsy results

The Lancaster County coroner on Wednesday released the autopsy results for Helen Miller.

The coroner said she died of multiple stab wounds.

Her death has been ruled a homicide.

The DA’s Office released the following statement Monday morning:

“A Manheim Township teenager is charged with killing her older sister in her family home in the early morning hours on February 22, 2021.

“Officers with the Manheim Township Police Department were dispatched shortly after 1:00 am Monday, February 22, 2021, to the 1500 Block of Clayton Road, Manheim Township, after a female called 911 and reported that she had killed her sister. Arriving officers were met by Claire E. Miller F/14 who directed them to a bedroom where they found Helen M. Miller F/19 with a stab wound in her neck. Officers and EMS personnel attempted lifesaving measures, but they were unsuccessful. Information obtained so far determined that the incident happened during the overnight hours when the girls’ parents were asleep.

“Claire Miller was taken into custody at the scene. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is assisting with the investigation and approved charging Claire Miller with Criminal Homicide. Miller will be arraigned by Magisterial District Judge David Miller. It is expected that Miller will be transported to Lancaster County Prison after arraignment on the charge of Homicide. Anyone charged with homicide in Pennsylvania is not eligible for bail. Claire Miller is being charged as an adult because homicide is not considered a delinquent act in Pennsylvania.

“Police indicate there is no threat to public safety. Manheim Township Police are fully committed to this investigation. Investigators and members of the Lancaster County Major Crimes Unit are still at the residence collecting evidence and working to determine the circumstances that led to Helen Miller’s death.

“Detective Steve Newman of the Manheim Township Police Department filed the charges which were approved by Assistant District Attorney Christine Wilson.

Miller is presumed innocent.”

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