A Kentucky man is charged with murdering niece, slashing throat as she slept

A Kentucky man is charged with murdering his 3 year old niece, Josephine Bulubenchi, by slashing her throat as she slept.

The apparent murder took place early Saturday morning, according to local reports.

Josephine’s father claims that he heard the child screaming over a baby monitor around 2:45 a.m. and immediately ran to assist his baby girl.

When the father arrived at Josephine's room, he was allegedly attacked by Emanuel Fluter, 33, Josephine's uncle. 

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Josephine later died from her injuries at an Albany-area hospital. 

Josephine’s dad was injured as he tried to disarm Fluter, authorities say. Josephine was rushed to the hospital and died the following day.

Fluter, 33, has been charged with murder. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

According to local TV station WKYT, Fluter was initially charged with two counts of first-degree assault and four counts of wanton endangerment. When Josephine died, those charges were upgraded to murder.

Emanuel, a veteran, who had been living with the family in their rural Clinton County home, had been suffering from mental health issues, the child’s father and Emanuel’s brother.

In an amazing turn of events, Josephine's family say that they forgive Emanuel for the murder. “He has a mental condition that he suffers with since he was in the army," Josephine's father said. 

"It's tough for us to understand because of what happened." Four other children were in the room at the time of the attack, but none of them were injured, police said. Emanuel is being held on $1 million bond and is due back in court on Dec. 18.