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Man allegedly stabs son in chest with steak knife; victim expected to recover

DECATUR (MCT) — A 52-year-old Decatur man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly stabbed his son in the chest.

“The father and son were involved in an argument, and it escalated,” Decatur police detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said Thursday morning.

At 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a fight in progress and upon arrival were informed that an 18-year-old male had been stabbed by his father.

The victim told police that he was entering a home in the 800 block of West Decatur Street after a confrontation with his father when the 52-year-old allegedly charged at him and tried to punch in the face.

The victim said he then left the residence in an attempt to avoid further confrontation but noted that his dad followed him outside and began pursuing him aggressively while stating, “I’m going to kill him. He ain’t my son. I’m going to kill him,” according to a sworn statement.

The suspect then stabbed his son in the chest with a 4-inch steak knife, puncturing his lung.

The victim’s sister told police she witnessed the incident and said when her brother was walking away from the residence, she saw the suspect pick up a knife and follow the victim. She confirmed that the suspect threatened to kill his son and said she observed her brother being stabbed in the chest.

The 18-year-old was admitted to Decatur Memorial Hospital, where medical staff reported he had a 2 centimeter-wide puncture wound to his upper left chest and that the wound missed his heart by about 1 inch, according to a sworn statement.

Copeland said the victim’s injury was not thought to be life-threatening.

The suspect, who admitted he stabbed his son during an interview following a reading of his Miranda rights, was arrested on a preliminary charge of attempted murder. He is being held without bond at the Macon County Jail.

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