Crime

Man Accused of Stabbing Kindergartner To Death

| by Sheena Vasani
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An Indiana man is accused of stabbing a 6-year-old boy to death in his Kentucky bedroom on the morning of Dec. 7.

Police charged Ronald Exantus with murder and first-degree burglary.

Exantus allegedly broke into the home and stabbed the child, Logan Tipton, in and around the head multiple times with a large kitchen knife. He also attacked the boy's sisters, but their injuries were not fatal.

The children's father held Exantus until police arrived.

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“He was able to get him on the ground and get him subdued until officers could get there,” said police Lt. Michael Fortney.

According to a Ronald Exantus Facebook page, he is a dialysis nurse at an Indiana clinic, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. 

Investigators have not revealed a possible motive, although Exantus' attorney says he may have schizophrenia or another mental illness.

“I feel certain he is mentally ill," attorney Bridget Hofler from the Department of Public Advocacy said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. "I’m not a psychologist, but I’ve dealt with a lot of people in my career."

Friends and loved ones are now mourning the death of the kindergartner.

Woodford County public schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said Tipton was "extremely well liked" and "had a lot of friends."

"[He was] just a great, great little boy, and one that you certainly loved having in your building," Hawkins said.

"We feel as though we've lost a member of the family," he added.

A family friend, Laura Burton Lacy, set up a GoFundMe page to help raise emergency funds for the Tiptons. 
 
According to the page, the father is off work due to a medical surgery. As the Tipton children do not want to go back home after the stabbing, the family is now looking for temporary lodging. 
 
The money will cover funeral expenses, relocation costs, counseling for the siblings and possible legal costs.
 
"Logan was a very sweet child," Lacy said. "He was ... always smiling and he loved playing football."

Sources:  AP via IndyStar Lexington Herald-Leader, Ronald Exantus/Facebook, GoFundMe / Photo Credit: Fox59 via IndyStar