Boy Arrested for Killing 9-Year-Old at Playground for Heartbreaking Reason (VIDEO)

This is unbelievably sad and disturbing. A 12-year-old Kentwood, Michigan, boy has been arrested after he reportedly called 911 to confess that he had just murdered another little boy. The boy, who has not been named, was playing in a mobile home park playground with two other boys, one of them 9-year-old Michael Conner Verkerke. Apparently the boy didn't know Michael and his friend and didn't even live in the trailer. But at some point, he reportedly pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed Michael in the neck. The boy then approached an adult and asked to use his phone. He called 911 and said, "Hi. I just stabbed somebody. Please pick me up."

Reportedly, police arrived and when their first move was to try to help the boy who'd been stabbed, the boy who called 911 became irritated that they weren't paying attention to him first, yelling:

Hello, I'm right here. You're going the wrong way.

He then reportedly walked toward police with his wrists out, wanting to be handcuffed.

He apparently told police that he had stabbed the boy because he'd "taken too many pills" and that "nobody loved [him]." He also said:

I want to die. I don’t want to be on this Earth anymore.

Glen Stacy, the adult who let the child use his phone, told The Grand Rapids Press:

To see a kid this young not to feel loved, I’m really saddened. 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.

Detectives will be looking into the child's background to find out how this might have happened. Was this child so disturbed that he thought this was the only way he could get attention and help?

Sadly, he may now get the help he needed before he allegedly committed this horrific crime, and a young boy who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time will never get to live the life he deserved.

The unnamed young alleged killer is facing a murder charge, though authorities haven't yet decided if he should be charged as an adult or juvenile.

Why do you think a child would do this?

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nonmember avatar M

This is one of the scariest things I've read in a very, very long time. This child clearly, clearly, clearly had severe problems. On pills at 12? Walking around with a kitchen knife? Wanting to die? Killing another child and immediately calling the police on himself?

There WERE warning signs, there always are. Where are his parents/family/guardians? How did he act at home? What was he like in school? What were his hobbies, what was he doing with his time besides taking pills and hanging out at playgrounds with knives?

Shame, shame, shame on anyone--because there was at least one SOMEONE--who knew that there was something so drastically wrong with this child and did nothing about it. This child was a future Adam Lanza, a future James Holmes, a future Eliot Rogers, and yet HE was the the one who blew the whistle on himself?

RIP to the dying child and my condolences to his family. I can't imagine their pain.

Eva8686 Eva8686

Too many people are having kids but not actually being parents. Yes you have a life aside from being a parent, but when you choose to have a child, they always come first. For a child to feel unloved and unwanted enough to want to die and commit a crime for attention is heartbreaking, yes, where were his parents? But at the same time, this may be a mental issue he is dealing with, I was a dramatic child, didnt mean I was unloved, I threatened to take a handful of vitamins becuase my mother scolded me for something minor, thank god I didn't, but some children may be over dramatizing situations, so I agree, they should check his background.

steph... steph0420

This kid needs to be locked away the rest of his life. He will never be a functioning member of society. He's going away for murder and at such a young age, he literally will not know any other way if life. As cruel as it sounds, there's no hope for somebody like this.

Melan... MelanieJK

It's impossible to theorize without more information about his family and background.   


nonmember avatar angie

Or maybe he's just an attention loving little ass hole that needs to be locked up until he's at least 30!

Lando... Landon2012

What a sad story for the victim and the 12 year old . It makes me very sad that such a young person would go so far to kill someone cause he did not feel loved. I hope this boy gets some special help.

Stephanie Birman

Hes being charged as an adult. Its local news for us.

nonmember avatar Christina

This poor unloved boy? I doubt he is even sorry for what he did at 12 you know that killing is wrong and a thought like that is wrong for a kid that young to even have. He is a demented psychopath , he deserves life in jail. He killed an innocent boy for no reason other then attention that is so disgusting. How about get Good grades and be rewarded for that or volunteer somewhere to feel good . How did his school not recognize he was messed up in the head, forget the parents I'm sure they are losers who see him as a paycheck. I feel bad for the boy who was killed and his parents. This over sensitive ,coddle the dangerous society is why our country is so unsafe. There are no standards anymore.

nonmember avatar dmba86

This is one reason, among many why my kids will never be able to run around with friends and no parent. The chance of my kids being hurt, killed etc is my worest and only fear. The world is no longer like it was when i was a kid. My son cant even ride his bike around with friends in our neighborhood. I feel for the family that loss their son to a terrible tragedy. I also feel for this 12 year old boy that felt in order to be heard he had to kill someone. We dont know what its like at home, but some people suffering with depression or neglect feelings just have that problem regardless of how affectionate or caring the parent is. Also if he has been put on medication, who is to say that didnt effect his mood worse. Just terrible and heart breaking.

mztyf... mztyfying1

Lock his lil ass up forever. Charge him as an adult. That's some serious sickness. He may have been attention seeking, but he's also old enough to know the right way to seek help.

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