12-year-old suspect in playground attack calls 911: ‘I just stabbed someone and I want to die’
A shirtless 12-year-old boy walked up to a Kentwood, Michigan resident on Monday and asked to borrow his phone so he could report himself to the police, The Grand Rapids Press reported.
According to Glen Stacy, a boy wearing only jean shorts asked to borrow his phone, called 911 on it, and said, “Hi, I just stabbed somebody. Please pick me up. I want to die. I don’t want to be on this earth anymore. Please pick me up.”
Police responding to the call discovered a 9-year-old boy, who is reportedly critically injured, near a playground.
Stacy told The Grand Rapids Press that the boy seemed calm as he informed the 911 dispatcher that he didn’t know the other child he had stabbed. He just “hated his life” and “taken many pills,” he allegedly told the dispatcher, before adding that he felt like “no one loved him.”
Police first went to find the victim, and then began searching for the suspect. When they started moving in the wrong direction, Stacy said the boy yelled, “Hello! I’m right here! You’re going the wrong way!”
The boy was handcuffed and taken away not in a police cruiser, but in an ambulance, which Stacy said was a good thing.
“To see a kid this young not to feel loved, I’m really saddened,” Stacy said. “I hope he gets the help that he needs. This kid is reaching out for help — I can tell — but he’s reaching for it in the wrong ways.”
UPDATE: The Associated Press just reported the stabbed boy, now identified as Michael Conner Verkerke, died after being rushed to the hospital.
[“Small boy listening to a cellphone on Shutterstock]