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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