Daisy Paulsen, a 14-year-old girl from North Dakota, was declared brain-dead Tuesday after she was attacked last Friday while skateboarding. The random attack, which lasted 20 minutes, saw Paulsen choked, beaten, and stabbed more than 20 times, in a horrific event still under investigation.
The suspect, 23-year-old Arthur Prince Kollie, was originally charged with attempted murder, robbery, and aggravated assault. After doctors diagnosed Daisy Paulsen on Tuesday, the charges changed. Kollie faces murder charges, according to a Cass County prosecutor.
Kollie was on probation for his 2017 conviction after he assaulted a peace officer. He also pleaded guilty on May 7 to discharging a firearm within city limits, possessing a firearm as a felon, and possessing drug paraphernalia. The convicted felon was on methamphetamines the day before the attack, and reportedly did “not recall” the incident, though he was walking in the area at the time.
Reports claim that Daisy Paulsen, (who goes by Jupiter), was skateboarding from her dad’s house to her mom’s home early morning last Friday. The 7 a.m. attack was supposedly random, when the suspect, Arthur Kollie began beating the child.
The brutal incident near Party City lasted 20 minutes and was caught in part by surveillance cameras in the area. Daisy Paulsen was choked, beaten, and stabbed by her assailant before a sanitation worker in the area saw the man and called the police.
Kollie was wearing a white T-shirt and black pants at the time, and the sanitation worker reported that the attacker was leaning or standing over Paulsen with one hand on her nose and the other on her throat.
Arthur Kollie fled the scene and the worker rushed over to help Jupiter Paulsen, and performed CPR, according to Antonia Johnson, the girl’s mother. It was those actions by the worker that will allow doctors to harvest Paulsen’s organs for donations, an act her mother claims is exactly what she would have wanted.
“It means the world to me that part of her is going to be out in the world saving lives and to be able to share that with somebody, to be able to help somebody, she would have loved that, she would have wanted that. So her wishes are also my wishes,” her mother said. Doctors tried to save the brutally attacked 14-year-old girl, but she was too far gone. The worker “gave her some life, we were able to see her right after it happened and talk to her and he gave us a little more time.”
Jupiter Paulsen’s dad said via an update on an online fundraiser that “we just got word from the Doctor today that Our baby girl is too far gone and there isn’t anything they can do. Just to gather family and to say our goodbyes.”
Jupiter’s organs are being donated by Life Source, an institution that will ensure the girl lives on through her organ donation. Daisy Paulsen was someone who always knew “you were not feeling good,” according to her mother. “She could walk into a room and if you were not feeling good it was, ‘Mom, Mom, Momma, Mom, Mom,’ until I would smile and she would smile and go, ‘I love you,’” she added.
Arthur Kollie is charged with the murder of Jupiter Paulsen. The day of the attack, the suspect fled into Walmart, about half a mile away, where he grabbed new clothes and entered a changing room. He put them on and left without paying, leaving his bloody clothes behind.
When police finally took him into custody, they told Kollie he was being arrested for robbery and attempted murder. The attacker then responded by asking “Attempted murder, as is she alive? Or what? What does attempted murder mean?”
Kollie was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation and 27 days in jail for his crimes last month, however, court records show that he was released for serving the designated time.