Lansing mother says son, 7, stabbed in head over basketball

2013-10-08T10:42:00Z 2013-10-09T13:29:04Z Lansing mother says son, 7, stabbed in head over basketballGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 08, 2013 10:42 am  • 

LANSING | A 7-year-old Lansing boy is recovering after being stabbed in the head, allegedly by another boy over an argument about a basketball.

Ebony Ward said her son, JaMarkus Lofton, would talk to county advocacy workers to help the Cook County State's Attorneys office determine if any charges will be filed. Representatives from the Cook County State's Attorneys office confirmed they are aware of the incident but declined to provide further details.

Lofton was stabbed Sept. 28 while in the driveway of a neighbor’s home. He spent five days at the University of Chicago's Comer Children’s Hospital, Ward said.

Lansing Police Detective Lt. Steve Roberts confirmed in an email to The Times an investigation is ongoing, but said it is the department's policy not to provide details in juvenile cases.

Ward said Lofton was playing with a friend outside tossing a basketball when another boy who lives in the neighborhood came by.

Ward said that boy demanded Lofton give him the basketball. Lofton told his mother that when he refused, the boy pulled out a utility knife and stabbed him in the head.

Lofton initially was sent to The Community Hospital in Munster, then transported to Comer Children's Hospital, where he underwent several hours of surgery to remove the knife and install a titanium plate in his head, Ward said.

Ward said the knife in her son’s head came within one millimeter of his brain.

Ward said the other boy is not a friend of her son.

"He lives in the neighborhood, but he doesn't frequent our home to play with my son," she said.

Ward said she was told not to send her son back to Oak Glen School, where he is a second-grader, until the plate in his head is properly set.

"The plate has to grow with his head," Ward said.

Lofton is scheduled to meet Tuesday with a county advocacy worker, who will take his statement about the incident and his current medical condition and take it under advisement while deciding if charges will be filed.

Ward said she remains upset that her son is confined to his house while the boy who allegedly stabbed her son is free. She said there has been no contact between her son and the boy or his family.

"My son has a titanium plate in his head and (the other boy is) out free walking the streets of the neighborhood," Ward said. "What’s fair about that?"

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