Kids as young as 11 stabbed during CLE fights

Posted at 1:52 PM, Dec 19, 2015

Multiple teens and pre-teens, some as young as eleven, were taken to the hospital on Friday after being stabbed during fights on the city's East side, police said. 

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Fourth district officers responded to the area of East 118th Street and Craven Avenue for a report of multiple juveniles stabbed at around 5 p.m. 

When they arrived to the scene, police found a female stabbed in the chest, as well as 13- and 14-year-old females with cuts to the face. Police believe all juveniles were involved in the fights. 

According to police, the neighboring juveniles had been "feuding" over the last several weeks. 

Dawn Wilford told two of her daughters went to the hospital with stab wounds. Her 16-year-old had a cut on her finger, and a 15-year-old was stabbed underneath an arm.

“That was the worst feeling of my life," Dawn Wilford said. "To see my baby and I don’t know if she’s going to live or not? That’s the worst feeling ever, and I’m never going to forget it."

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The girls were taken to University Hospitals' Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Wilford said a 12-year-old female neighbor started the fight after she threw a rock at her daughters. She said her daughters defended themselves by throwing a rock back. That's when, Wilford claims, the 12-year-old started chasing after her daughters with a steak knife.

“I’m angry. I’m angry because it’s a beef for nothing," Wilford said.

No arrests have been made, but a Cleveland Police spokeswoman said that could change after investigators determine which of the children were the primary aggressors. 


A street fight among teen girls in #Cleveland - some as young as 11. One mom tells me she thought her daughter was going to die. Police haven't made any arrests yet.

Posted by Derick Waller on Saturday, December 19, 2015


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