KENTWOOD, Mich. — A 9-year-old boy repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old boy at a Michigan playground ran screaming to his home and collapsed bleeding on his porch before dying at a hospital a short time later, witnesses and police said Tuesday.
Witnesses said the 12-year-old went to a nearby home after the Monday evening attack on Michael Conner Verkerke, called 911 and calmly turned himself in, then tried to flag down officers when they arrived.
The 12-year-old pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in juvenile court Tuesday, according to his attorney. He was ordered held in a juvenile detention center until a hearing next week. A motive for the attack still was being investigated, Kentwood police Chief Thomas Hillen said.
Witnesses told investigators that four children were playing in the Pinebrook Village mobile home park in the western Michigan city of Kentwood when one of them, for unknown reasons, pulled a knife and stabbed the boy in the back.