An 11-year-old boy stabbed a man twice in the back with a pair of scissors in order to stop him beating his mother, police have said.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the child attacked 44-year-old Panagiotis Karamanlis at an address in Florida at around 8:30 p.m. on August 17.
Karamanlis is accused of physically attacking his sister, who is the child’s mother, in front of her children during an argument about text messages she sent to her boyfriend, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Police said the woman begged Karamanlis to not “do this in front of the kids,” which the suspect ignored. During the attack, Karamanlis allegedly punched the woman several times in the face.
According to the affidavit, the 11-year-old boy had a “well-founded fear” that his mother was going to be murdered. He then ran over to Karamanlis and stabbed him twice in the back.