A six-year-old Kentucky boy was stabbed to death by a man who broke into the family home in an apparent random attack.
Logan Tipton was sleeping in his bed early Monday morning when a stranger repeatedly stabbed him in the head with a kitchen knife, according to authorities. The suspect also tried to attack Logan's siblings, but they only suffered minor cuts.
Logan's dad subdued the intruder, who is unknown to the family, until police arrived. "The boy's father says his oldest daughter helped hide her siblings and fought with [the suspect] until her father could get there to help," NBC News affiliate WTHR noted.
The suspect, identified in multiple media accounts as Ronald Exantus, 32, is reportedly a registered nurse from Indianapolis, which is about 200 miles from the Versailles, Ky., pre-dawn crime scene.
"According to court documents, the intruder... wandered around the home before walking up the stairs and stabbing a sleeping 6-year-old boy several times in the head 'with a large kitchen knife that he obtained in the house,'" Fox 59 reported.
In a court appearance on Monday, Exantus pleaded not guilty to murder and first-degree burglary and is being held on a $1 million bond. Authorities have been as yet unable to determine a motive for this horrible crime. The suspect is scheduled to be due back in court on December 14 for a preliminary hearing and on January 6. Additional criminal charges are also possible in the case.
Exantus confessed to the killing, according to the New York Daily News and other media outlets.
"Versailles police say they can't find any connection between Ronald Exantus, who is charged with murder and burglary, and the Tipton family. Police say Exantus, who is originally from Florida, but lives in Indianapolis, does not appear to have any criminal history," WKYT in Lexington reported.
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty in the tragic death of Logan Tipton given that it was committed in the course of another felony.
"Exantus' attorney Bridget Holfer said she didn't think Exantus was mentally competent and he may have schizophrenia. Police said Tuesday they did not why Exantus targeted the child or his house," the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Logan was always happy and loved to play football, his aunt said. Logan's team held a candlelight vigil on the football field Monday night in his memory.A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Tipton family with funeral expenses "as well as temporary lodging, and moving expenses as Logan's young brother and sisters do not want to go back into the home. All donations will go to Logan's parents to help with these expenses as well as counseling for the other kids and to assist with expenses during the trial, etc." Both parents are currently out of work, the webpage indicates.
So far, the effort has raised about $45,000.
The Woodford High School orchestra will perform a benefit concert for the family tomorrow night.
"Tipton's unthinkable alleged murder has plunged the small Kentucky town of Versailles into mourning, and shaken neighbors are rallying around the family even as they worry about their security," NBC News Chicago detailed.The funeral on Friday for the kindergartner, who attended Simmons Elementary School, has been moved to a local football stadium.
"He was extremely well liked. He had a lot of friends at the school. Just a great, great little boy, and one that you certainly loved having in your building," the county superintendent schools explained in describing Logan Tipton.[Image via Go Fund Me]