Police and investigators were left in disbelief when a 12-year-old boy confessed to stabbing a 9-year-old at playground in Kentwood, Michigan.
Michael Conner Verkerke ran home and collapsed on the porch around 6 p.m. Monday after he was stabbed at a mobile home park in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids, according to police. Investigators said the older boy then left the playground and called police from a nearby home to turn himself in.
The 9-year-old died after being rushed to a hospital, Kentwood police said.
Witnesses told investigators that four children were playing when one of them, for unknown reasons, pulled a knife and stabbed the boy.
Witness Glen Stacy says the tween approached him after the stabbing and asked to use his phone. Stacy says the boy appeared calm, told him he took several pills earlier, and didn’t want to live anymore.
“I was getting my ladder,” Stacey said, “and this young man came and asked me if he could use my phone. I gave him my phone, and I heard him tell the 911 operator, ‘I just stabbed someone. Come and get me. I want to die.’ It was just a sad situation.”
“The only time he raised his voice was when the police came,” Stacy said. Stacey said he also called police and described the boy as “very calm.”
When police arrived, Stacy said, they first went to aid the stabbing victim. When officers started heading toward the playground area, he said the boy on Stacy’s lawn wanted police to pick him up and yelled “Hello. I’m right here. You’re going the wrong way.”
Kentwood Police Chief Thomas Hillen says the boy was evaluated by doctors before heading to the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center.
Police are still unaware of a motive.
SOURCE: AP | VIDEO CREDIT: News Inc.