A Florida 11-year-old didn't stand by when he saw his mother being beaten, stabbing his uncle in the back with a pair of scissors to stop the alleged attack.
Police said Panagiotis Karamanlis, 44, was punching his sister, the boy’s mom, in the face during an argument, and the boy became scared that his mom was going to be killed, according to an affidavit obtained by Newsweek.
“Don’t do this in front of the kids," the victim said, according to the report.
The boy then stabbed Karamanlis in the back twice.
"Mommy, I stabbed him because I thought he was going to kill you," the scared boy told his mom, according to the affidavit.
The boy and another 10-year-old in the home suffered “psychological harm” due to the incident, police said.
Karamanlis allegedly admitted to authorities that he tugged on his sister’s hair and pulled her to the ground but said he did not punch her, according to the report. He acknowledged that he knew the kids were watching, police said.
He has been charged with felony child abuse and misdemeanor domestic battery. Karamanlis, who is from Greece, allegedly told police he planned to leave the country so they have placed him on an immigration hold. Karamanlis has not entered a plea.