An Indiana man admitted to driving 200 miles to Kentucky, where he picked a random house to break into and stabbed six-year-old Logan Tipton to death as he slept in his bed, according to Lexington Herald Leader. When Ronald Exantus, 32, of Indianapolis arrived at the small town of Versailles on Monday, he spotted a house on Douglas Avenue and decided to break in.
Once inside the home, he armed himself with a kitchen knife before walking to an upstairs bedroom where four children were sleeping in their beds. Without hesitation, Exantus launched at Logan and began stabbing him in his head. The boy’s 11-year-old sister awakened to the chaos and tried desperately to fight Exantus off of Logan, but it was to no avail, as the intruder continued to stab her brother several times and turned on herself and her three other siblings – aged seven and 10.
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However, it wasn’t long after that her father, Dean, heard her screams and came charging into the room, where he was able to detain the burglar until Versailles police officials arrived at approximately 4 a.m. Although three of the Tipton children sustained injuries during the attack, none of those were life-threatening. But unfortunately for Logan, who was in kindergarten at Simmons Elementary, he succumbed to his injuries before paramedics arrived at the scene. Exantus, who worked at a northeastern Indiana dialysis program for Fresenius Medical Care before he was “released from employment,” was arrested on the spot, report WKYT.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Gordie Shaw, stated that “Because it was a murder committed during the course of a first-degree burglary, it’s a capital case,” and Exantus was indicted on “charges of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree assault, and one count of fourth-degree assault” on Wednesday by a Woodford County grand jury. Investigators say it is unclear why the registered nurse drove hundreds of miles to commit a murder. Shaw stated that “This is going to be one of those that I can’t talk much about” as there are missing pieces to the puzzle. He also added that he “filed notice Wednesday that he intends to pursue the death penalty.”
Exantus’ court-appointed attorney Bridget Hofler stated that she is convinced that her client is “mentally ill,” stating that when she asked him about his background and family during his arraignment, he was unresponsive. “I’m not a psychologist, but I’ve dealt with a lot of people in my career,” she said.
The Versailles community is heartbroken over the tragic incident, and they are offering their support by donating and acquiring clothing for the family. Friends and family have set up a Go Fund Me page, which has since exceeded $40,000, to help pay for Logan’s funeral costs and to help the family relocate should they opt not to return to their home. A Christmas surprise is also in the works for the Tipton family – a group of moms came together and began collecting toys for the family.
“This is a really tragic thing, and if this happened to me, I just don’t know what I’d do,” said Amanda Howard. “It is Christmas time and children need love and need to know there are people that love and care. We want to help them and we don’t want the parents to have to worry about Christmas. They have enough to do just to nurture their children.”
— Jennifer Palumbo (@JenNimePalumbo) December 8, 2015
The community remembers Logan as a little boy who loved football and had an undeniable love for people. Woodford Youth Football League President Peter Barnhardt said that “Logan would come up to you, off the field, whether he knew you or not, he would look you right in your eye and tell you he loved you. That’s who he was in his heart. He loved everybody.” He added, “I don’t know what kind of anger this man had in his heart. I don’t know evil, obviously he had evil in his heart, but I believe if he had met Logan, Logan would’ve changed that. He was that kind of kid.”
“You know, he’s playing football right now. Him and God are playing football, and he’s giving God everything he wants.”
Logan’s funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the football field in Versailles.
Meanwhile, Exantus is being held at the Woodford County Jail with a $1 million bond. His next arraignment will be held January 6 at Woodford Circuit Court.
[Image via Woodford County Detention Center]