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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: A Playground Stabbing Death

     A 9-year-old boy who was stabbed repeatedly by a 12-year-old boy on a playground in western Michigan died Monday night, August 4, 2014. Michael Conner Verkerke died from his injuries after being stabbed in the playground area in the Pinebrook Village community in Kentwood, Michigan.

     Police say that four children were playing when one of the kids pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed Verkerke. The 9-year-old ran back to his porch where he collapsed. He died later at a nearby hospital.

     A 12-year-old boy left the playground and went to a residence and asked to use the phone. He called 911 and said, "I just stabbed someone. Come and get me. I want to die." Police officers took the boy to a hospital for evaluation. Later the child was taken to the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center.

"Boy 9 Fatally Stabbed by 12-Year-Old on Playground," WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 5, 2014 

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