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Mother forgives son who stabbed his sister to death while she slept

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Mother forgives son who stabbed his sister to death while she slept
Paris was jailed for 40 years for his half-sister’s murder (Picture: Charity Lee)

A mother says she has forgiven her son for stabbing her four-year-old daughter to death as she slept a decade ago.

Charity Lee said she ‘won’t abandon’ Paris Bennett and will continue to visit him in prison as he serves his 40-year sentence for murder.

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The 44-year-old was at her waitressing job in Abilene, Texas when police told her that 13-year-old Paris had stabbed little sister Ella 17 times with a kitchen knife.

Paris, now 24, claims he wanted to punish his mother, a former heroin addict, as revenge for her relapse into cocaine addiction when he was 12.

She told the New York Post: ‘I have forgiven Paris for what he did, but it’s an ongoing process. If he was free I would be frightened of him.

Mother forgives son who stabbed his sister to death while she slept
Charity’s life turned upside down after the murder (Picture: Charity Lee)
Mother forgives son who stabbed his sister to death while she slept
Charity says she forgives her son (Picture: Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

‘The fact that he is incarcerated gives me peace of mind, but I worry about his own safety.’

The family’s story is told in documentary The Family I Had, and in it Charity describes how her life turned upside down after police told her about the murder and her son’s subsequent arrest.

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‘That’s when everything stopped making sense,’ she says in the programme.

Charity had left Ella and Paris in the hands of a babysitter while she was at work.

But Paris, considered gifted with an IQ of 141, convinced the babysitter she could go home at around 10pm on February 5, 2007.

Mother forgives son who stabbed his sister to death while she slept
Charity regularly visits Paris in jail (Picture: Charity Lee)
Mother forgives son who stabbed his sister to death while she slept
Paris takes full responsibility for the murder (Picture: Charity Lee)

He then grabbed a knife and carried out the attack in cold blood on his young half-sister in which he also beat and choked her.

He phoned 911 to report the murder only after spending six minutes calling a school friend and pretended to follow the dispatcher’s CPR advice.

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Paris has since been diagnosed with anti-social personality disorder and confessed to having homicidal thoughts since the age of eight.

Charity described him as manipulative and narcissistic. But he says he takes full responsibility for his crime, saying he’s not insane and doesn’t suffer from mental illness.

She gave birth to Phoenix in 2012 and uses images of butterflies to help cope with her loss, associating them with her daughter.

She founded the nonprofit ELLA foundation in 2012, which stands for Empathy, Love, Lessons and Action.

ELLA helps people involved in the criminal justice system and those affected by trauma.

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