Prosecutor Will Seek Death Penalty in Kentucky Boy’s Death

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Indianapolis nurse drives to Kentucky to kill 6-year-old boy: police.

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — An Indiana man has been indicted for murder after police say he fatally stabbed a 6-year-old Kentucky boy in the head during a burglary. Ronald Exantus, the Indianapolis man charged in the death of a 6-year-old Versailles boy, faces the death penalty after he was indicted Wednesday by a Woodford County grand jury, a prosecutor said. “Because it was a murder committed during the course of a first-degree burglary, it’s a capital case,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Gordie Shaw.

In addition to the murder charge, Exantus was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree assault, and one count of fourth-degree assault. 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.

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 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.

He worked at a northeastern Indiana dialysis program for Fresenius Medical Care until he was “released from employment,” according to the company. The indictment, which was filed Wednesday in Woodford Circuit Court, added three assault charges for injuries to Logan’s father, a 7-year-old girl and a 10-year old girl. 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. 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.

Bridget Hofler, a court-appointed attorney for Exantus, said she feels certain “he’s mentally ill.” She said at his arraignment that he was unresponsive when she asked him about his background and family. Two of the boy’s sisters suffered non-life-threatening cuts in the attack, and the suspect was held by the boy’s father until police arrived, the arrest citation said. 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. Meanwhile, friends of the Tiptons say the family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from heartbroken Versailles community as well as those outside of the area who are all stepping in to help.

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. His classmates were told he had died, but not about the circumstances of his death, said county schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. “He was extremely well liked,” Hawkins said of the boy. “He had a lot of friends at the school. This tragedy happening during a season typically filled with joy for children, a group of moms is collecting gifts for the family. “This is a really tragic thing and if this happened to me I just don’t know what I’d do,” Amanda Howard said. “It is Christmas time and children need love and need to know there are people that love and care. We want to help them and we don’t want the parents to have to worry about Christmas … they have enough to do just to nurture their children.” Items will be collected through December 19th.

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