On Monday, a 12-year-old boy attacked a 9-year-old at a Kentwood, Michigan park. The Raw Story reported after the stabbing the suspect called 911 and told the emergency operator, “I just stabbed someone and I want to die.”
The playground, which is located in Pinebrook Village, is where the incident took place, and just steps away resident Glen Stacy was in the middle of yard work when the suspect, a young boy with no shirt, asked to use his cell phone. That’s when Stacy heard the suspect ask the 911 operator to “to please pick me up, I just want to die,” according to Grand Rapids News. Since both the suspect and the victim are both minors the police have released little information pertaining to the attack.
Stacy told reporters he overheard the boy speaking with the emergency operator, that he had overdosed on medicine, and felt as if no one cared about him. Stacy said he left the boy alone to make the call instead of standing over him, but once the boy was finished speaking with the 911 dispatcher, he asked if he could speak with them as well. That’s when Stacy confirmed with the operator that the boy didn’t appear to be hyped up on pills.
Most people wouldn’t think an attacker would turn themselves into police, however the unidentified 12-year-old was adamant to have police arrest him. As soon as the police arrived in the neighborhood, police started taping off the crime scene at the park, but according to Stacy’s interview with Grand Rapids News, the boy apparently raised his voice saying, “Hello. I’m right here. You’re going the wrong way.” According The Associated Press, "the suspect will be evaluated to determine if he will be tried as a juvenile or an adult." The 12-year-old was escorted in handcuffs, while the victim was taken away in an ambulance.
According to updated news reports, the 9-year-old died after the playground stabbing. Police have yet to give details as to the motive behind the attack.The resident who let the attacker use his phone told the news that he he hoped the boy gets the help he needs.
It remains unclear if the 12-year-old who stabbed the boy on the playground suffers from a mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “one in 17 Americans suffer from mental illness, and about one in 10 children live with a serious mental disorder.” NAMI also concludes that the recent recession placed more of a burden for the public to have “adequate” access to mental health care, because most States cut services such as “community, and hospital based psychiatric care, housing and access to medication.”
Wonder if the 12-year-old boy who stabbed a 9-year-old boy to death had adequate access to mental health care services, or even a therapist to talk to if he felt his parents lacked such oversight and care? Do you think medical check ups should include mental health examinations?