Girl and boy stabbed in separate incidents

latter `very critical'

One is attacked in city public school, other in private home

April 06, 2001|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A girl and a boy were stabbed yesterday in separate incidents - one in a city school and one in a private home in Baltimore, police reported.

Shortly after noon at Lakeland Middle School in South Baltimore, a 13-year-old stabbed a 14-year-old classmate in the girls' bathroom with a 6-inch steak knife she had brought to school, police said.

Less than an hour earlier, a 10-year-old boy was found at 11:45 a.m. with severe stab wounds to his chest in his East Baltimore home, police said.

Both youngsters were taken to the pediatric unit of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The 14-year-old's stab wounds to her shoulders and back were not life-threatening. The 10-year-old was in surgery all day and was in "very critical" condition last night, police said.

City police spokeswoman Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes said police have no suspects in the attack on 10-year-old Charles Curtis Williams but are interviewing all residents of the home in the 1400 block of E. Eager St. An 18-year-old relative, whom police would not identify, was in the house when the stabbing occurred.

The 18-year old also lives in the house. The three-story, brick-and-Formstone rowhouse showed no signs of forced entry, police said.

The victim's 29-year-old cousin and legal guardian told police she had left him in the house and that when she returned, she found him on the living room floor.

The boy's injuries were serious enough for homicide detectives to go to the house yesterday. Homicide detectives visit crime scenes only when death is a possibility.

The family did not want to speak to the media or release other details about the boy, said hospital spokeswoman Holly Hamilton.

Several neighbors sat on marble stoops on Eager Street yesterday afternoon waiting to hear news about the boy's condition. All described his family as "good people."

At Lakeland Middle yesterday, Principal Jacqueline Ferris said it was known that the eighth-graders involved in the stabbing, whose names were withheld because of their ages, did not get along. The teens were on their way to lunch at 12:20 p.m. at the school, at 2921 Stranden Road, when the stabbing occurred.

"There was some kind of back-and-forth arguing going on," Ferris said. "Who knows what finally happened in the bathroom?"

School Police Chief Leonard Hamm said officers arrested and charged the teen with aggravated assault. She was being held yesterday at the Northern District police station. Hamm said she will be expelled from Lakeland and sent to an alternative education school.

School police officers are usually stationed at all middle and high schools, Hamm said, but not at Lakeland Middle yesterday because there was no room as a result of construction at the school.

Hamm said he will not put an officer in the school until construction is finished.

"I don't see this as a widespread problem," Hamm said.

Sun staff writer Childs Walker contributed to this article.

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