11-year-old charged in stabbing of Lansing boy

2013-11-01T10:40:00Z 2014-03-22T19:42:25Z 11-year-old charged in stabbing of Lansing boyGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 01, 2013 10:40 am  • 

LANSING | An 11-year-old boy was named in a juvenile delinquency petition on a charge of reckless conduct for a Sept. 28 incident in which a 7-year-old boy was stabbed in the head, police said.

The 11-year-old’s case is pending in the Cook County Juvenile Court system, said Lansing police Lt. Steve Roberts.

He faces the charge for an incident in which he allegedly walked up to JaMarkus Lofton, 7, who was tossing a basketball around with a friend. In that incident, the older boy demanded the basketball.

When JaMarkus would not give up the ball, the older boy allegedly pulled out a utility knife and stabbed him in the head.

JaMarkus’ mother, Ebony Ward, has said her son ultimately underwent several hours of surgery at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, as the knife’s blade came within one millimeter of his brain. A titanium plate was installed in his head, and he wound up spending five days in the hospital.

Ward said on Friday that police did not notify her of the charges filed against the older boy.

She said her son returned to Oak Glen School, where he is in second grade, right after Columbus Day.

“There doesn’t appear to be any nerve damage,” Ward said of JaMarkus, adding that he is interacting with other children. “He’s recovering.”

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