State Police investigating deadly stabbing of child in Sherrill

The house on Primo Avenue where the stabbing took place Tuesday / photo: Andy Wolf

A Sherrill man is under arrest after police say he stabbed and killed his girlfriend TMs six-year-old daughter in their home Tuesday morning.

State Police held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to offer more details on this case. Captain Mark Lincoln told the media that at around 8:30 a.m. Sherrill Police received a report of a domestic incident at 408 Primo Avenue in Sherrill. Lincoln says the 911 call came from a neighbor, when two children ran to the home from next door to ask for help.

Police say 36-year-old Alison Belius awoke to the sound of one of her children screaming for help. Police say Belius found her live-in boyfriend, 30-year-old David L. Trebilcock, stabbing her daughter in a bedroom. Police say Trebilcock had barricaded himself and two of Belius TMs children inside the bedroom with a dresser, which Belius had to shove aside to gain entry to the room and stop the attack.

Belius TMs daughter, six-year-old Lauren Belius, was taken to Oneida Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say Trebilcock was taken to St. Elizabeth TMs Hospital in Utica with non-life threatening stab wounds. Capt. Lincoln says it is not yet known if the wounds are self-inflicted, or if they were caused by the mother during her attempt to rescue her children.

No word on any injuries to Belius TMs other children. She has three kids - six-year-old twin girls and a boy.

Lincoln says Trebilcock will be charged with second degree murder once he is released from the hospital, where he has been placed under guard. Lincoln would not elaborate on further details of the investigation, citing pending Grand Jury action.

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It TMs a terrible incident said Lincoln, adding Anyone responsible for this crime is in custody. The neighborhood shouldn TMt be concerned.

Police say grief counseling will be available Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. " 3:00 p.m. at the E.A. McAllister Elementary School in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School District.