A TEN-year-old boy had his throat slit on Sunday evening after getting into a heated argument with an adult over a video game.
The boy’s throat was slashed by 29-year-old Sammy Sadler Jr. as he was playing a video game inside the home in Tennessee, deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s office said.
Reports from News Channel 5 Nashville described the “ear to ear” slit on the child’s neck.
Family members of the child told Tennessee River Valley News Sadler entered the home and told a witness “watch this” before grabbing the child and attacking him with a knife.
The relationship between the child and Sadler isn’t clear, cops said.
Moments after the attack, someone took the boy to a nearby grocery store, where they met with an ambulance, according to a police report obtained by WKRN.
Police raced to the house in Lewis County, where cops said they found the boy’s grandfather and an aunt holding Sadler at gunpoint.
Sadler had allegedly threatened multiple people before officers arrived.
He admitted to attacking the child, court documents obtained by the news outlet show.
A family member who spoke with TRVN under the condition of anonymity said doctors told them the boy was lucky to be alive and that the knife barely missed an artery.
Deputies used a taser to take down Sadler after he refused to drop his knife, police said.
The child was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, where he’s recovering from his wounds, police said.
Sadler faced several charges including assault and aggravated child abuse.
He was taken into custody Tuesday and his bond was set at $1.51 million.
Sadler is scheduled to appear in Lewis County General Sessions Court on June 4.
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