A young girl is in critical condition after her teenager brother who is high on synthetic marijuana tied a plastic bag around her head.
Simere Alford, 18, was charged with attempted murder on Wednesday night in Olney, Philadelphia, as his sister remains in a critical condition on life support.
Police were called to 5500 block of North American Street in Olney, Philadelphia, at 1:00 p.m., by the teen’s mother.
The mother told police that Alford took the keys to her car and drove off after he had been smoking synthetic marijuana known as K2.
After he left, Alford’s 14-year-old sister informed her mother that her 7-year-old daughter was missing from her bed.
The family began a frantic search for her. When they entered Alford’s room, which was in the basement of the home, the girl was found unconscious with a bag over her head and face, Philadelphia Police Captain Mark Burgmann said.
The girl was not breathing, and the woman ran out of the house with her daughter in her arms. Officers immediately performed CPR on the girl as her mother paced back and forth.
“She was walking, walking around,” neighbor Rayonna Beckett said. “She didn’t know what to do.”
The officer called for backup and continued to perform CPR in the back of a police cruiser as they rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center.
The girl was rushed to a hospital. Meanwhile, Police say the vehicle crashed into other cars, and the 18-year-old ran off. Hours later, Alford turned up at the 35th police district. Chief Inspector Scott Small said the vehicle that was reported stolen, that had initially brought police to the home, was recovered a short time later at 3rd and Champlost streets, a few blocks from the home. When he was arrested, Simere told officers that he “did something stupid.”