MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities say an 11-year-old Madison old girl accused of stabbing an 11-year-old playmate wrapped a knife in a tee shirt before carrying out the alleged violence.
The girl appeared in juvenile court Monday on a charge of recklessly endangering safety while using a dangerous weapon.
Authorities said what started out as horseplay on Saturday between the two children escalated. Authorities said the girl allegedly went into her family's apartment on Capital Avenue, wrapped a household knife in a tee shirt and stabbed the boy in the abdomen.
During a juvenile court hearing, the boy's mother said her son's wound required surgery and he remains hospitalized.
During the hearing, the girl's mother said her daughter's violence was out of character. She said her daughter has a good school record and participates in events at the Boys & Girls Club in their neighborhood. The mother asked her daughter be released from secure juvenile detention and be allowed to return home, or to live at an aunt's home.
But Juvenile Court Commissioner Anton Jamieson said it would be risky to allow the girl to return to a setting with other children at this time. Jamieson also rejected the girl's placement in a juvenile group home, and ruled she would remain in secure juvenile detention.
The slender girl wore pigtails and sat silently during the court hearing.
Last week, 13-year-old Elijah Canada was charged as an adult with attempted first degree intentional homicide for his alleged stabbing of a 21-year-old cousin.
Assistant Dane County District Attorney Michael Walsh said the 11-year-old girl was not charged as an adult because he believed she did not intend to kill her playmate.
Walsh said state law does not allow someone as young as 11-year-old as an adult for the crime of reckless endangerment.
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