Police: Boy killed in knife attack in bedroom, town mourns

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kentucky: Intruder Fatally Stabs 6-Year-Old in Bed.

VERSAILLES, Ky. A kindergartner was killed in his bed in Versailles before dawn Monday when a stranger from Indiana broke into his home, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the boy multiple times, the police said.VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Hundreds of people gathered Monday night on a football field in Versailles for an emotional vigil for a 6-year old stabbing victim.

— 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. 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. The death of the 6-year-old boy has police, neighbors and family in this small community of Versailles puzzled after the man from 200 miles away in Indiana was arrested and accused in police documents of repeatedly stabbing the boy in the head with a large kitchen knife.

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. Investigators say the man attacked two other children and the father, but the father was able to eventually stop him and held him until officers arrived. 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. 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.

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.

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. Exantus wore a bullet-proof vest and was escorted under heavy security by nearly a dozen officers during his court appearance to answer to murder and burglary charges. 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.

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. Grief counselors were on hand Monday for students, faculty and staff as the entire community tried to come to grips with this unspeakable and seemingly random crime.

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 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.

He didn’t know his mother’s phone number nor could he tell her his occupation or what he was doing in town, she said. “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,” Hofler told reporters afterward.

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