18-Year-Old Accused Of Strangling 7-Year-Old Sister

An 18-year-old Philadelphia man has been charged with the attempted murder of his 7-year-old sister.

Police were called to a home for a report of a stolen car at around 1 a.m. A woman told officers that her son had stolen her car and that he drove away.

The mother gave a statement to police about the stolen car and when she left the room to look for the vehicle registration, she made a shocking discovery -- her 7-year-old daughter was unconscious on the basement floor with a bag over her head, according to KYW-TV. The mother reportedly carried her daughter's lifeless body upstairs to get help from the officers.

"We heard screaming and we came out, and the cops were giving the little girl CPR," neighbor Kathy Burgos said. "And after that I know they took her to the hospital."

Officers performed CPR on the child. She was revived on the scene and was rushed to the hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

"At this time, we don't know how the 7-year-old child came to have a bag over her head and became unconscious," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small shortly after the incident. "We are not certain right now if this was an intentional act or if this was a crime or if this was just an accident."

According to MommyPage, police have since revealed that the woman's son surrendered soon after, not far from where his mother lives. Her son has been identified as Samir Alford.

Police believe that Alford may have strangled his younger sister and placed a bag over her head while he was high on a drug known as K2. 

Alford has been charged with the attempted murder of his younger sister, as well as aggravated assault and theft.

Facebook users shared their thoughts on the heartbreaking story.

"It is extremely heartbreaking that if this young man is found to be guilty of his sisters death, the parents are losing two children one to death and the other one gets locked up for life," one user wrote, reports MommyPage. "Extremely sad, I feel awful for everyone involved. The young man needs to pay for his crime, Lord bring healing to that distraught mother, Amen."

“So sad I would kill someone if they hurt my daughter she means the world to me that's why I leave her with no one I trust no one,” another reader commented.

Sources: KYW-TVMommyPage / Photo credit: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons