The stabbing death of a kindergartner asleep in his home has plunged this Kentucky town into mourning, and shaken neighbors are rallying around the family even as they worry about their security. A man from Indiana described by authorities as having no apparent ties to the town or family has been charged with murder.
The death of the 6-year-old boy has police, neighbors and family in this small community of Versailles puzzled after the man from 200 miles away in Indiana was arrested and accused in police documents of repeatedly stabbing the boy in the head with a large kitchen knife. No motivation in the killing has been reported by authorities.
“It kind of hits close to home when it’s a couple houses down from you,” said neighbor Tiffany Crow, who is now thinking of buying more locks for her home.
Logan Tipton was killed before dawn Monday when the intruder broke into his home, grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed the boy, police said.
“Babies aren’t supposed to have anything like this happen to them,” said the boy’s aunt, Melissa Pujol. “You can’t make sense of it. You just have to try to get through it. We’re just trying to get through it.”
Logan was a happy child, always smiling, she said. He loved to play football.
Police said Ronald Exantus, 32, of Indianapolis is accused of breaking into the house where the boy lived with his parents and siblings in Versailles, near Lexington in Kentucky’s thoroughbred and bourbon country. The police citation alleges Exantus wandered around after gaining entry, then headed to an upstairs bedroom where the boy was asleep, stabbing him several times in the head.
Source: ABC 7