East AL man taken into custody after stabbing 15-year-old multiple times, cutting 7-year-old

East AL man taken into custody after stabbing 15-year-old multiple times, cutting 7-year-old

VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - Police have taken a man into custody in Auburn after stabbing a 15-year-old multiple times and cutting a 7-year-old.

Friday morning at 1 a.m. Valley Police Department responded to the 200 block of Jennings Street in reference to a child with a head wound.

When police arrived they found a 7-year-old girl lying in the driveway bleeding from a cut wound to the base of her skull.

The second victim was a 15-year-old female found with multiple stab and cutting wounds to her upper torso, back, arms, and head.

Both victims were treated by Valley EMS with the assistance of Lanett EMS.

The 7-year-old was taken by Life Flight to Eggleston Hospital in Atlanta. The 15-year-old was taken to EAMC-Lanier in Valley and was later transferred to Grady Hospital in Atlanta.

The investigation revealed that the attacker was Jasper Irvin Berry who had come to the house looking for the sister of the 15-year-old and mother of the 7-year-old.

When he found out that she was not there he became enraged. The 15-year-old told him he needed to leave and he attacked her with an unidentified cutting tool.

The 15-year-old was able to reach her grandfather's room at which time Berry left the residence.

"It scares me. It makes me un-nerved that people would do something like that," said  Jackie Hartley, a resident of Jennings Street.

Hartley, a longtime resident in the Valley neighborhood said she prides herself on being observant and aware.  But, she said Thursday night, she did not hear a sound in their usually peaceful neighborhood.

"My husband and I had already gone to bed. The next thing I know, the cops were already down where that white car was," said Hartley.

"We like to say we treat every case the same, but when it is a case involving children, our guys tend to work it that much harder. They did not deserve this," said Major Mike Reynolds from the Valley Police Department.

At 10:44 a.m. Jasper Irvin Berry was arrested in Auburn.

He was brought to the Valley Police Department where he was processed and later taken to the Chambers County Detention Facility pending a bond hearing.

"Our detectives are still investigating this case, they are still gathering evidence and statements and are going to make the best case they can," said Reynolds.

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