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3-year-old girl dies after being stabbed at own birthday party in Idaho

The suspect is charged with first-degree murder and other felonies in connection with the Saturday night attack

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2018, 4:32am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2018, 4:42am

A three-year-old girl who was stabbed at her own birthday party in Idaho died on 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 a flat complex that is home to many refugee families.

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, which left other victims with life-threatening injuries.

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.

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The suspect, 30, had recently stayed at the flat complex but was asked to leave Friday over bad behaviour, Bones said.

Kinner, 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.

Kinner had recently been a guest at the complex but was asked to leave Friday over bad behaviour. He returned the next evening and began attacking people, police said.