The gruesome details of a 7-year-old Watson, Illinois girl's final moments have been released by authorities.
They say Willow Long asked her uncle Justin DeRyke to watch a movie with her Saturday night, but she accidentally scratched his arm while trying to get his attention.
He chased after the girl, who ran outside and fell, but a stick got lodged in her neck.
DeRyke allegedly told officers he wanted to end her pain so he slit her throat and stabbed her in the heart before stuffing her in a plastic bag and dumping her near the Little Wabash River near her hometown in Watson in Effingham County, Illinois.
Police say the seven-year-old girl tried to fight back.
She had defensive wounds on her hands.
DeRyke has been charged with three-counts of first-degree murder.