12-Year-Old Dies After Stabbing in Lakeside; Suspect is 10 Years Old

Homicide investigators were called in after the boy died at Children's Hospital on Monday.

Sheriff's homicide detectives today investigated the fatal stabbing of a 12-year-old boy allegedly by a 10-year-old playmate with anger issues.

The stabbing took place in the driveway of the younger boy's home in the 12500 block of Royal Road in the El Cajon area around 1:15 p.m. Monday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Paramedics took the wounded boy to Rady Children's Hospital, where he died around 2:30 p.m., homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit said. The boy's name was withheld, along with the name of his alleged killer.

The 10-year-old was taken into custody but it was not immediately clear whether he was booked into Juvenile Hall.

He allegedly stabbed the older boy with a kitchen knife, then waited as paramedics tended to his friend, U-T San Diego reported. It was not immediately clear what allegedly set off the violence.

The victim lived nearby in Knolls Mobile Estates and attended St. Kieran's Catholic School, while the accused goes to W.D. Hall Elementary, according to the newspaper.

Neighbors told U-T San Diego that both boys were part of a group of about eight neighborhood friends who often played at various home on Royal Road. The younger boy's emotional issues were well-known, neighbors said.

"Even though he threw temper tantrums, we never thought he's do anything like this," neighbor Derek Gorton, 18, told the newspaper.

Gorton's father, Brian Richeson, told U-T San Diego that the younger boy would usually express anger verbally, not physically, and that his mother was proactive in dealing with the problem.

Updated 1/17/12 @ 9 a.m.

-City News Service

a beth January 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM
the stabber goes to my psych office
vicky January 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM
What is your point a beth?
Joe Spencer January 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM
a beth....What the hell kind of comment is that?!?!?!?! I agree with vicky...what was your point with that? Are you disclosing to us that you WORK in the psych office...which if so....you might consider looking for work elsewhere if you are disclosing personal information like this....OR if you don't work there...does "my psych office" refer to the fact that you yourself seek treatment there? Either way, a really STUPID comment. And that "stabber" is a 10 year old child with obvious severe mental issues. And Tracy...your comment is a little odd too.....The names not being released is because you are dealing with CHILDREN. It has NOTHING to do with a family not missing their child. People amaze me with the ignorant things that are said.
Robin January 18, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Generally, if an adult is seeking treatment for mental issues/disorders and stabs his/her peers he/she would be considered a monster. Just because the person who committed the heinous act is a child does not diminish the seriousness of what was done. I feel for the parents of the child who died because their child had a right to live life, which was robbed from him at the hands of another child with obvious mental issues. If a person (child or not) is a danger to themselves or others they should not be in mainstream society as a precaution to those around them. The thing I keyed into from this article was the report that the child stood and waited (which sounds like "watched" to me) while paramedics administered medical treatment to his friend. This sounds like sociopathic tendencies to me, which makes this boy EXTREMELY dangerous, child or not. I also want to say that I feel very sad for the perpetrators parent(s) because to be raising an at-risk child is a VERY difficult thing with to live/deal with. Having worked with at-risk students (some who had sociopathic behaviors) and their parents, I have seen how it tears a family apart. The parent of the "sociopath" usually suffers from extreme guilt as they can't change/control their child's behavior (as sociopaths have no conscience) and they feel responsible (as most good parents do) for their child's actions. One thing we need to remember is the parent(s) of this perpetrator are victims too and need support, not ridicule.
Jolinda January 18, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Good reframe, Robin. I remember thinking when our very active son was about that age that perhaps he had sociopathic tendencies when instead he was simply exploring the boundaries of his power, or lack of it, and has grown into an amazingly compassionate man. It's not always clear what's going on in the minds of our children, and while watching the paramedics could indicate a lack of awareness or responsibility, it could also be pure horror, and establishing the "reality" of what had just happened, and his part in it, indelibly in the child's brain. Stopping to see the consequences of our actions, taking responsibility, and slowing down the knee jerk emotional responses of anger, revenge and greed that sits about 1/8" into our primate brains is evolutionary development that is often a challenge for most adults. My heart goes out to all the families involved in this tragic situation and there is hardly a more difficult task in life than to be an effective parent...even when we are blessed with strong healthy children.


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