A 12-Year-Old Girl Survives Attack From Her Own Father By Playing Dead

Juan Torres

A 12-year-old girl survived an attack from her father by playing dead after he killed her 3-year-old sister.

The father, 39-year-old Juan Bravo-Torres went to get another knife, the girl fought back and eventually “acted dead” in the hopes Bravo-Torres would stop attacking her.

After Torres assumed both girls were dead, he dragged their bodies into a bathroom, where he cut his own neck and wrists.

The 12-year-old girl waited until he lost consciousness and then fled the house to go to where her mother worked at a McDonald’s about a mile away.

Police arrived at the home and found the father still unconscious but alive. They took him to the hospital, where he was arrested and charged with first-degree premeditated murder and attempted murder.

“At that age, to be sleeping and woken up by being attacked with a knife, seeing your younger sister in the condition she was in, fighting off your father, and having the mindset to think, ‘How am I going to get out of this?’ When he lost consciousness, she got out of the house, and she went to where she knew her mom was, and it’s just remarkable,” Longwood police Sgt. Derek Chenoweth said in a press conference.

“Grown adults may not have been able to come to that decision, and this 12-year-old did that, and she’s alive today because of the choices that she made.”

The father and daughter are still in critical condition at the hospital.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Florida girl played dead as dad killed younger sister, report says – WFLA
  2. 12-year-old girl played dead after dad attacked her, killed sister, police say – WOAI
  3. ‘Protect your children’: Mayor speaks out as memorial grows for Longwood girls stabbed – WESH Orlando


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