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6-Year-Old Girl Stabbed in the Face at Birthday Party After Woman Got ‘Upset With Her’

By Zachary Stieber

A 6-year-old girl was stabbed in the face at a birthday party in California by a 35-year-old woman who “became upset” with her, police said.

The situation unfolded over the weekend at a house in Fresno.

The girl, who was a guest at the party, was stabbed by a 35-year-old woman who was later identified as Crystal Lisa Parra, the Fresno Police Department said.

Parra was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, injuring a child, and mayhem.

Witnesses said that Parra “became upset” and used a sharp object, possibly a razor blade, to strike the child in the face, Lt. Bill Dooley told The Fresno Bee. The girl got a laceration under one of her eyes.

“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,” he added to KFSN. “When she struck her she had some sort of sharp object in her hand, possibly a razor blade, we’re not sure, but that’s what it was described as.”

The suspect left the house but was tracked down and arrested.

The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was in stable condition.

Dooley told the Bee that police were speaking with people who were at the party but were “not getting a whole lot of cooperation.”

He told KFSN that the only people who spoke to the police were the victim and the adult who took her 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.

Police officials do not know what links Parra and the girl but know the accused lives at the house where the stabbing happened.

Anyone with information was asked to call Valley Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.

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Crime Stats Show Decline

Crime declined in the first half of 2018 compared to the first half of 2017, the FBI said in February. Preliminary statistics show nearly all offenses in the violent crime category declined. Robbery offenses decreased 12.5 percent, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses decreased 6.7 percent, and aggravated assault offenses declined 2 percent, the agency said. Rapes, however, increased by 0.6 percent.

When comparing data from the first six months of 2018 with the first six months of 2017, all property crime categories showed a decrease.

Burglaries were down 12.7 percent, larceny-thefts decreased 6.3 percent, and motor vehicle thefts declined 3.3 percent. The full 2018 crime report will be released later this year. The FBI previously said that both violent crime and property crime decreased in 2017, the last year that full statistics are available for, compared to 2016. Overall violent crime decreased 0.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, while property crime decreased 3 percent during that time, the agency said in September 2018, releasing data from the previous year.

“There were more than 1.2 million violent crimes reported to UCR nationwide in 2017. There was a 0.7 percent decrease in murders and a 4 percent decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2017. Aggravated assaults increased by 1 percent in 2017. The FBI began collecting data solely on an updated rape definition last year, and 135,755 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2017,” the FBI stated.

“The report also showed there were more than 7.7 million property crimes last year. Burglaries decreased 7.6 percent and larceny-thefts decreased by 2.2 percent. Motor vehicle thefts increased by 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017.”

The figures were compiled from more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies around the United States that submitted their crime data to the FBI.