Saturday 25 January 2020

Boy (9) stabbed to death by 12-year-old in playground

The nine-year-old died after being rushed to a hospital, police said.
The nine-year-old died after being rushed to a hospital, police said.

Jonathan Franks

A nine-year-old boy died after being repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old boy at a playground, police said yesterday.

Michael Conner Verkerke ran home and collapsed on the porch at about 6pm on Monday after he was stabbed at a mobile home park in western Michigan, according to police. Investigators said the older boy then left the playground and called police from a nearby home to turn himself in.

The nine-year-old died after being rushed to a hospital, police said.

Witnesses told investigators that four children were playing when one of them, for unknown reasons, pulled a knife and stabbed the boy.

Glen Stacey, who lives nearby, said the older boy approached him after the attack and asked to use his phone. He said the boy called police to report the stabbing.

Mr Stacey said he also called police and described the boy as "very calm".

"The only time he raised his voice was when the police came," Mr Stacy said.

When police arrived, Mr Stacy said, they first went to aid the stabbing victim. When officers started heading toward the playground area, he said the boy on Mr Stacy's lawn wanted police to pick him up and yelled: "Hello. I'm right here. You're going the wrong way."

The motive in the attack was still being investigated, said Kentwood Police Chief Thomas Hillen. No court hearing was immediately scheduled for the 12-year-old boy, who hasn't been charged.

Police said the 12-year-old boy was evaluated at a hospital before being taken to a Juvenile detention centre pending charges.

The Kent County prosecutor's office would determine whether the boy would be charged as a juvenile or an adult, the police said.

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