Child, 4, Found Dead After Girl Walks Mile to McDonald's for Help: Police

A 4-year-old was found dead with stab wounds at a home early Thursday morning, police in Longwood, Florida, said.

The child was found after a 12-year-old girl, who was also injured in what police have described as a "suspicious incident," walked to a nearby McDonald's for help, the Longwood Police Department said in a news release.

Police found the 4-year-old, who was dead, as well as an adult man in critical condition, "also injured from stab wounds."

"The male and the 12-year-old female were transported to local hospitals due to their critical injuries. The incident is believed to be domestic in nature. There is no threat to the public at this time," the department wrote.

Four-Year-Old Found Dead After Girl Walks Mile
Police in Longwood, Florida, said that a 4-year-old was found dead with stab wounds at a home early Thursday morning. Scott Olson

Longwood Police Sergeant Derek Chenoweth said that the 12-year-old walked to the McDonald's, which was about a mile from her house, according to WESH.

He also said that those experiencing domestic violence should seek help.

"If you know someone in a domestic situation, and they won't speak up, speak up for them, so the situation does not escalate," Chenoweth said, according to WESH.

Newsweek reached out to the Longwood Police Department for comment.

In a separate incident this week, police in Clearwater, Florida, said that a 24-year-old man killed his mother after planning it for a year.

The man, Logan Lopez, allegedly told police that he had killed the woman.

"The suspect said he had lured his mother to his apartment for the purpose of 'putting an end to her' after planning the murder for a year. He beat her with a hammer and also stabbed her multiple times," the department said. Lopez was charged with first-degree murder.

Last week, in San Antonio, Texas, police said that a man fatally shot his mother and that the killing was reportedly witnessed by his 9-year-old daughter.

After arriving at his mother's home, the man allegedly shot her as well as his stepfather, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The man's 9-year-old daughter, who was living at her grandmother's home at the time.

Also this month, a father in Evanston, Illinois, was shot dead while playing Pokemon Go with his 7-year-old daughter. Police said the victim and his daughter were walking in a park when he "had a confrontation with at least one subject. A short time later, an unknown subject fired a gun at the victim killing him."