Girl Fatally Stabbed at Her 3rd Birthday Party

Man who had been asked to leave apartment complex allegedly returned, went on rampage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2018 4:34 PM CDT
3-Year-Old Stabbed at Own Birthday Party Dies
Flowers from well-wishers are left just outside a Boise, Idaho, apartment complex, Sunday, July 1, 2018, where nine people were stabbed in a knife attack the night before.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)

A 3-year-old Idaho girl who was stabbed at her own birthday party died Monday, two days after a man invaded the celebration and stabbed nine people, authorities said. Timmy Kinner is accused of attacking a group of children and the adults who tried to protect them at the party at an apartment complex that is home to many refugee families, the AP reports. Word of the child's death came at Kinner's first court appearance, where a judge told him that he was charged with first-degree murder and other felonies in connection with the Saturday night attack.

Kinner is American, and the victims are members of refugee families from Syria, Iraq, and Ethiopia. Boise Police Chief William Bones said the evidence does not suggest the attack was a hate crime. The suspect had recently stayed at the apartment complex but was asked to leave Friday over bad behavior, Bones said. He returned the next evening and began attacking people, police said. The 30-year-old, who is being held without bond, said he wanted to represent himself in court. But the judge ordered that he be appointed a public defender anyway.

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