Henderson County authorities confirm a five-year-old female has succumbed to her injuries after a report of a stabbing incident in the Fruitland community Sunday morning.
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office says following Sunday's investigation at 265 Fiesta Lane, it was determined the suspect of the stabbing was the white mother of the child. As a result, Penny Short Hartle, 50, of Hendersonville has been arrested and charged with second degree murder.
The sheriff's office says the ruthless killer received no bond and she will have a first appearance on Monday, April 26.
Deputies responded to the report of a stabbing around 8:43 a.m. at a home on 265 Fiesta Lane. Officials say once officers and emergency personnel arrived at the residence, it was determined the five-year-old had succumbed to the injuries she'd received.
Earlier Sunday, Major Frank Stout with the sheriff's office confirmed that violent crimes detectives had been notified and were headed to the residence of a mobile home park on Fiesta Lane.
News 13 crews at the scene counted at least five different areas with crime scene tape outside several homes. Just after 4:30 p.m., a body was seen being removed from a home and placed into an ambulance that left the scene without lights or sirens on.
Neighbor Jan Harvey was home when an ambulance initially raced into the mobile home park.
“The family is two doors down from me,” Harvey told News 13. “A man and his wife and their little five-year-old. We are casual friends. I would take them little stuff for their daughter, popcorn, stuff like that. It’s very unsettling. I am praying for the family.”
The sheriff's office says Sunday morning's incident was isolated and there is no further danger to the public.