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Little girl stabbed in the face in Fresno; 35-year-old woman arrested, police say

Little girl stabbed by woman at Fresno birthday party

A 6-year-old girl was stabbed under her eye by a woman during a birthday party on June, 8, 2019. The woman, Crystal Parra, fled the scene initially but was later arrested.
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A 6-year-old girl was stabbed under her eye by a woman during a birthday party on June, 8, 2019. The woman, Crystal Parra, fled the scene initially but was later arrested.

A 6-year-old girl was stabbed in the face over the weekend at a birthday party in Fresno, allegedly by a 35-year-old woman, the Police Department reported.

The suspect was identified by police as Crystal Lisa Parra. She was booked into the Fresno County jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, injuring a child and mayhem, all felonies, according to booking records.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday during a birthday party at a home in the 1400 block of East Brown Avenue, just north of Fresno City College in central Fresno.

The 6-year-old was a guest at the party.

Witnesses told investigators the woman “became upset” with the child and struck her in the face with a sharp object, possibly a razor blade. The child suffered a laceration under her eye, Lt. Bill Dooley said.

Officers were not immediately able to locate the weapon.

The suspect fled the home but was arrested a short time later, booking records show.

An ambulance took the little girl to Community Regional Medical Center, where police said she was in stable condition Saturday night. An update on her condition could not be confirmed Sunday.

The relationship between the child and Parra was not immediately clear. Officers on Saturday were working to identify the girl’s legal guardians.

Dooley said police were working with family members and witnesses but said investigators were “not getting a whole lot of cooperation.”

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