The family of a 13-year-old stabbing victim is speaking out about what should happen to her alleged attacker.
Police said the little girl was stabbed by her 13-year-old friend, who then stabbed her 11-year-old sister and herself during a sleepover at her friend's house in Modesto on Saturday.
All three girls were originally listed in critical condition. Investigators said the 11-year-old was injured the worst. She was listed in serious condition Wednesday night at UC Davis Medical Center. Police said her sister, the suspect, also remains hospitalized, but is improving.
Police said the 13-year-old suspect could face attempted murder charges for stabbing her 11-year-old sister and their 13-year-old friend. That friend, identified by her family as Brittney, was released from the hospital to recover at home.
"She does still have an open wound, 'cause really, the doctors wanted to treat it. They didn't close it up, so they are treating that at home," Brittney's cousin Jennifer Meraz said.
Meraz has started an online fundraising effort to help the family with medical costs. Meraz said her family's focus is on Brittney's recovery, not punishing the girl who stabbed her.
"Jail isn't going to fix a 13 year old," Meraz insisted.
Meraz said Brittney and the suspect met in the same special needs class at school. Brittney suffered developmental delays as an infant after a nearly fatal case of whooping cough. Meraz did not know the nature of the suspect's special needs, and said she doesn't know what led up to the attack.
Meraz said her family hopes prosecutors will be lenient.
"Something that must have just broken her is what we think. Maybe it was just too much stress or anxiety or something," Meraz said. "We don't think that she's a natural born killer or anything, so she doesn't deserve to be charged."
Police said they will meet with the Stanislaus County District Attorney's office about the case, but no decision has been made yet on whether to charge the suspect.