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Police: Boy, 9, dies after being stabbed by 12-year-old at Michigan playground

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A 9-year-old boy died after being stabbed repeatedly by another child on a playground at the western Michigan mobile home park where he lived, police said Tuesday.

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Michael Conner Verkerke was playing with three other children at the Kentwood, Mich., playground about 6 p.m. on Monday when the oldest, a 12-year-old boy, pulled a knife and repeatedly stabbed Verkerke in the back, Kentwood police said.

The victim ran home, collapsed on his porch, and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died late Monday evening, police said.

The suspect, who lives in a neighborhood near the mobile home park, went to a nearby residence, called police and turned himself in, Kentwood Police Chief Thomas Hillen told Reuters.

The boy was taken to a juvenile detention facility after being evaluated at a hospital, police said.

Hillen said there was no known motive.

The suspect apparently did not know the other children, who included the victim's 7-year-old brother and another 9-year-old boy the siblings knew, Hillen said.

An autopsy was scheduled to be completed on Tuesday, he said.

Kentwood is a community of about 49,000 residents about 150 miles northwest of Detroit.

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