A 15-year-old Michigan girl was arraigned Thursday in a Detroit-area court on charges that she attempted to kill her entire family so she could run away with her 23-year-old boyfriend.
WDIV reports Roksana Sikorski pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including assault with attempt to murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Prosecutors allege that in the early morning hours of Oct. 17, Sikorski took a knife and stabbed her 12-year-old bother in the throat and then attempted to stab her younger sister. The teen is believed to have been acting on instructions from her older boyfriend who was sitting in a car outside the house and sending text messages with information and pictures on how to carry out the attack.
The young boy was treated at a nearby hospital and is expected to recover.
The boyfriend, Michael Rivera, was also arraigned on similar charges Thursday.
Sikorski will be tried as an adult.
“Bluntly, it is rare for this office to charge a 15-year-old as an adult. However, the alleged facts in this case strongly warrant this decision. The alleged actions of this defendant and her co- defendant, to conspire to kill her entire family, are truly haunting,” read a statement from the prosecutor’s office, according to WXYZ.
Sikorski’s parents, Laurene and Jeff Sikorski, said they are concerned about their daughter and believe her actions were heavily influenced by her boyfriend.
The teen is said to have met Rivera earlier this year through social media. The parents said they first learned about the troubling relationship when their daughter tried to run away from home this summer.
“I think it was a big secret. I didn't know about him,” her mother said in a Daily Mail article.
The parents later learned that the relationship had turned sexual.
“I think she just thought this guy loved her and she wanted to do whatever he told her, and she was very vulnerable and she has a mental disorder and she needs help,” said Laurene Sikorski. “I want to make sure she gets help.”
Prosecutor’s believe that, had she not been stopped, Roksana would have tried to kill her parents that night as well.
Despite that, the Sikorskis are standing by their daughter and say they will work to get her the help she needs.
The Sikorskis adopted Roksana and her two siblings from Poland when the teen was only four years old, said the girl’s attorney Leslie Posner.
She said the children were abused by their biological parents and likely suffer emotionally because of it. Roksana was reportedly being treated for depression prior to the attack.
“They came from a very, very, very bad background,” Posner said. “They were locked in closets. They were beaten.”
Sikorski is being held on $1 million bond. If she is released, the judge said, she will not be allowed to have contact with her siblings and will have to be monitored by GPS.
She will appear in court again on Oct. 31, for a probable cause hearing.
Rivera is also being held on $1 million bond.
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