Florida girl walks for help after Juan Bravo-Torres kills 3-year-old sister: cops

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Florida girl walks for help after Juan Bravo-Torres kills 3-year-old sister: cops

A bloodied and injured Florida girl walked one mile to a McDonald’s for help after her father butchered her 3-year-old sister, police said.

Juan Bravo-Torres, 39, stabbed the toddler to death last Thursday — then attacked her older sister with a knife as she was sleeping in their Longwood home, Police Sgt. Derek Chenoweth said.

The 12-year-old attempted to fight off her father but eventually played dead after suffering several stab wounds.

Bravo-Torres then dragged the girl and her slain sister into a bathroom, where he turned off the lights before cutting his wrists and throat in an attempted suicide, Chenoweth said.

Once he lost consciousness, the 12-year-old left the home covered in blood and walked around a mile to a McDonald’s where her mother was working.

Juan Bravo-Torres, 39, stabbed the toddler to death last Thursday -- then attacked her older sister with a knife as she was sleeping in their Longwood home, Police Sgt. Derek Chenoweth said.
The surviving daughter played dead after her 3-year-old sister had been fatally stabbed.
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The girl recounted the horrific attack before a stunned worker quickly called 911.

After getting no response at the home and failing to reach Bravo-Torres by phone, police kicked down the door, discovering the dead child and Bravo-Torres inside the bathroom.

He was rushed to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

The father is charged with murder and attempted murder.
The father is charged with murder and attempted murder.
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Bravo-Torres, who is charged with murder and attempted murder, was due in court Monday, but the hearing was canceled after he entered emergency surgery, according to WESH-2.

Chenoweth marveled at the girl’s quick-thinking bravery in spite of the horrific events.

“The amount of courage this 12-year-old young lady had is just remarkable,” he said. “Grown adults may not have been able to come to that decision. And this 12-year-old did that, and she is alive today because of the choices that she made.”

Sgt, Derek Chenoweeth of Longwood Police Department
The police department praised the 12-year-old girl for her bravery and quick thinking.
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Neighbors left mementos of love and support at the Florida home where the girls were stabbed.
Neighbors left mementos of love and support for the girls.
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Chenoweth said authorities previously responded to a domestic incident involving Bravo-Torres at the home in 2011.

Neighbors and shaken officers have since left balloons and flowers in front of the residence in the days following the incident.

Bravo-Torres’ lawyer Jeff Dowdy said he expects prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

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