Boy, 5, uses knife to injure babysitter

February 20, 2013

A 5-year-old boy who used a knife to cause a minor injury to his 27-year-old babysitter was placed in the custody of Children’s Protective Services (CPS) early Friday evening, according to Hood County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose.

According to emergency scanner traffic shortly after 6 p.m., the boy had threatened “to kill everyone there,” and the babysitter managed to lock the boy out of the residence on Quail Ridge Court in the Quail Ridge Acres subdivision northeast of Granbury after being unable to take the knife away from him. Deputies quickly arrived, took the knife away and there were no other injuries.

He said the babysitter sustained two arm scratches from the knife, but there was no bleeding, and she refused medical treatment. She also was watching three other children in the home, but Rose declined to release their ages.

Rose said that under Texas law, no one under 10 years of age can be charged with a crime, but the boy will be seen by agencies that may be able to provide help.

“CPS will be involved, and MHMR, to see if he has mental issues that need to be addressed,” Rose said Tuesday morning.

Rose said the incident report did not specify what type of knife was used, or where he got it.

The lieutenant said he did not know what may have set off the incident.

“I think he was just angry,” Rose said.

When asked where the boy was as of Tuesday morning, Rose said, “That we don’t know,” but added that he is likely receiving care for any “medical or psychiatric treatment needs” he may have.

“It’s unusual for someone that age to already be brandishing a knife,” Rose said. “I’m glad no one was seriously hurt.”

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