KENTWOOD, Mich. – A 9-year-old boy who was repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old boy at a playground in western Michigan has died, police said Tuesday.
Michael Conner Verkerke ran home and collapsed on the porch around 6 p.m. Monday after he was stabbed in the back with a kitchen knife at a mobile home park in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids, police say, according to CBS Detroit. He died after being rushed to a hospital.
Witnesses told investigators that four children were playing when one of them pulled a knife and stabbed the boy. The motive in the attack was still being investigated, said Kentwood Police Chief Thomas Killen. It is unclear whether the children knew each other.