Indiana man charged with murder of Kentucky kindergartner

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Indiana Man Allegedly Confesses to Stabbing Sleeping 6-Year-Old to Death.

A 6-year-old boy was stabbed to death on early Monday morning after a man allegedly broke into his family’s Versailles, Kentucky, home and attacked him while he was sleeping, PEOPLE confirms.VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — The stabbing death of a kindergartner asleep in his home has plunged this Kentucky town into mourning, and shaken neighbors are rallying around the family even as they worry about their security.Ronald Exantus, 32, hacked into Logan Tipton’s head with a kitchen knife from the family’s Versailles home before Logan’s 11-year-old sister woke up, threw herself at the armed burglar and yelled for her father, according to court documents cited by WKYT-TV.

Four young children had been sleeping in the bedroom during the 4 a.m. break-in, and Exantus cut and scratched two of Logan’s sisters before his father subdued him, the arresting documents said. According to an arrest report obtained by WKYT, Exantus broke into the home, grabbed a “large kitchen knife,” and then walked upstairs to the Logan’s bedroom, where he stabbed the boy multiple times in the head. No motivation in the killing has been reported by authorities. “It kind of hits close to home when it’s a couple houses down from you,” said neighbor Tiffany Crow, who is now thinking of buying more locks for her home. “Babies aren’t supposed to have anything like this happen to them,” said the boy’s aunt, Melissa Pujol. “You can’t make sense of it.

It’s a child who had no opportunity to defend himself.” “We legitimately, at this point, don’t know how this guy got to Versailles,” Fortney said. “We have no correlation, there is no family, no nothing.” “I have discussed various things with him on two separate occasions this morning and he’s not able to really discuss anything; he’s not here,” Bridget Hofler, Exantus’ attorney, said. “I was not able to communicate with him whatsoever to really determine anything.” We’re just trying to get through it.” Police said Ronald Exantus, 32, of Indianapolis is accused of breaking into the house where the boy lived with his parents and siblings in Versailles, near Lexington in Kentucky’s thoroughbred and bourbon country. Investigators are trying to figure out why Exantus – whose Woodford County inmate record lists as living 175 miles northwest of Versailles in Indianapolis – was in the area, said Versailles police Lt. Two of his sisters suffered non-life-threatening cuts, and the suspect was held by the boy’s father until the police arrived, the arrest citation said. Exantus, listed as 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, now faces charges of murder and first-degree burglary, and his bond was set at $1 million at Woodford District Court Monday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The family told authorities that they did not know Exantus, who lives in Indianapolis, nearly 200 miles north of Versailles. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Exantus’ apparent Facebook page showed several pictures of him with three kids who may be his children and a photo of him in medical scrubs from September. Public defender Bridget Hofler said during the bond hearing that Exantus may have schizophrenia and isn’t competent to stand trial, according to the Herald-Leader. “I feel certain he is mentally ill.

Nearby are a couple of churches, one with a front yard sign reading: “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Laura Burton Lacy, a family friend, set up an online fundraising account to raise money for his funeral, counseling for his siblings and other expenses. I’m not a psychologist, but I’ve dealt with a lot of people in my career,” Hofler said outside court. “This is a very emotional issue for all of us in Woodford County.

I mean this is a child that is dead and it’s very tragic.” Logan attended Versailles’ Simmons Elementary, where he had siblings in the second, third and fifth grades, according to Woodford County public schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins.

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