TEN-YEAR-OLD BOY STABBED BY GUAM PLAYMATE

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By Trina A. San Agustin

HAGATNA, Guam (Marianas Variety, June 21) – A 10-year-old boy who was stabbed Saturday by his play mate was reported to be in stable condition at the Guam Memorial Hospital.

GMH Nursing Supervisor Cely Mangrobang said a tube has been placed in the boy’s chest to drain fluids found.

Stories about violence among children are commonplace in many parts of the United States. Guam residents were shocked to hear the occurrence of a similar incident in the relatively peaceful island.

The injured boy was stabbed in the back with a steak knife by another 10-year-old child.

Emergency 911 received the call at 1:58 p.m. Saturday, said Guam Fire Department spokeswoman Phyllis Blas. Units from Piti and Dededo rushed to the Takano Subdivision in Yigo to respond to the emergency call.

Parents of the boys are facing investigation for apparent neglect, according to the Guam Police Department’s Juvenile Investigation Section. The boys were reportedly not home when the stabbing occurred, Guam Police spokesman Lt. Ray Perez told Variety.

The two boys reportedly had a fight while playing. One of them grabbed a steak knife and stabbed his play mate in his upper back, Perez said. Juvenile Section took the boy into custody on Saturday. It was not known at press time if the boy was released back into the custody of his parents.

June 21, 2004

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