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12 Year Old Boy Allegedly Stαbs Nine Year Old on Playground

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A 12 year old Michigan boy allegedly stαbbed a 9 year old on a playground then made a calm 9-1-1 call, say authorities.

Jamarion Lawhorn

Jamarion Lawhorn

“I just stαbbed someone. Come and get me. I want to die,” the composed 12 year year old reportedly told a 911 dispatcher.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the 9 year old ran home after being stαbbed in the back, where he collapsed.

The two boys were playing around at the playground when things turned viοlent.

According to witnesses, the older boy ran from house to house telling neighbors that he needed to call for help. He seemed “at the end of his rope” according to one witness.

The 9 year old victim, Michael Conner Verkerke,  was taken to the hospital but died as the result of multiple stαb wounds to the back.

Jamarion Lawhorn, named as the assailant by the Detroit Free Press, is reportedly being charged as an adult.

Michael Conner Verkerke

Michael Conner Verkerke

“This charging route was taken because if a juvenile is charged as a juvenile in juvenile court, the judge would have no option but to discharge at the age of 21,” Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Laura Clifton explained to the Free Press.

Lawhorn pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors confirmed the 12 year old is being held without bond and will be tried as an adult in the court’s Family Division.

“This charging route was taken because if a juvenile is charged as a juvenile in juvenile court, the judge would have no option but to discharge at the age of 21,” said prosecutor Laura Clifton.

She explained that having the 12 year old tried as an adult does mean that he will necessarily be sentenced as one.

“For example, a juvenile can have a juvenile disposition, the term used for a juvenile sentence, but also have an adult sentence that is delayed — basically held in abeyance,” Clifton said.