Family members on Wednesday identified the man who was fatally stabbed in his north Minneapolis home, and they say his 14-year-old daughter is suspected of carrying out the killing.
Christopher L. Hoskins Sr., 48, was the father of eight children, said Coriel Lowery, a niece.
Police say the stabbing occurred about 5 p.m. Tuesday at the home in the 3200 block of 6th Street N. Hoskins was found inside, taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and died there.
Hoskins died from a stab wound to the chest, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said late Wednesday.
The girl was arrested, taken to a hospital for evaluation and was booked into the county juvenile detention center on suspicion of murder. Audio from police dispatch a few hours after the incident revealed that the girl was having an anxiety attack.
Cynthia Hoskins, the victim’s sister, said it was Hoskins’ 14-year-old daughter who was arrested. Charges have yet to be filed.
The state sees very few suspects this young or younger accused of murder. Since 2001, there have been eight people 14 and younger charged with murder in Minnesota and none since 2013, a state judicial branch spokesman said. The youngest charged was 12, with that prosecution occurring in 2007.
“It’s unbelievable, I’m still trying to understand,” Cynthia Hoskins said. “I can’t believe his daughter would do this. She’s a young girl who loved her daddy so much. That was the love of his heart, and her dad was the love of her heart.”
Lowery said her uncle was a mechanic who “had a passion for working on cars. He was a family man [and] had a smile that can brighten the world if the sun was to never to rise again. ... He was extremely helpful with my grandma and loved her more than anything.”
Hoskins’ death is the second homicide since the start of the year in the McKinley neighborhood, which didn’t record any in 2016.
By Wednesday morning, the crime scene tape was gone and no one appeared to be at home. The two-story brown house sits on a leafy block off Lowry Avenue, around the corner from a small grocery store.
A yellow toy truck sat in the front lawn, but not much else. The house has a screened-in patio with a stop sign sticker on one of the windows.
If charged as a juvenile at her age, the court case will not be public, said Lissa Finne, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Judicial Branch. Juvenile cases are only public if the juvenile is 16 or older and charged with a felony, Finne said.
Should the case be certified for prosecution in adult court, Finne continued, “then the case will be presumptively public like any other adult criminal case, and the sentencing options are the same as for any adult charged with murder and depends on the degree and any mitigating or aggravating factors.”
Relatives of Christopher Hoskins have established a fundraising page to help with funeral expenses.