Mother Accused of Fatally Stabbing 5-Year-Old Daughter

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A North Carolina woman is behind bars after allegedly stabbing her 5-year-old daughter to death on Sunday.

According to authorities, Caroline Rose Cagle, 5, was found dead in her home by her father early Sunday morning. Her father immediately contacted police, who arrived promptly and determined that she had been stabbed.

Earlier that morning, the girl’s mother, Penny Short Hartle, 50, of Hendersonville, entered a neighbor’s home, got into the couple’s bed, and fell asleep. The couple called 911 but Hartle left the house shaking before police arrived. She was located and taken away in an ambulance.

It was just after this that Cagle’s father discovered her body in their home.

Hartle is facing second-degree murder charges. Her motive for the killing remains unclear.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help support Caroline’s father.

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