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12-year-old stabbed in the neck at McDonald’s

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

A 12-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was stabbed in the neck with a box cutter while dinning at a McDonald’s with his family.

The incident occurred at a location  on Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street in Pittsburgh on Saturday around 2:00 p.m.

Authorities says the child was in line with his family when suddenly 51-year-old Charles Edward Turner tackled the child.  Two McDonald’s employees intervened to get Turner off of the child and that’s when they noticed that the child’s neck had been slashed. They also found a box cutter on the floor next to the child.

The child was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, however, his condition has since been upgraded to stable.

When authorities arrived, Turner was said to have resisted arrest by kicking and punching officers.  Court documents also report that one of the officers suffered cuts to his face.

Investigators are currently reviewing video evidence and speaking with witnesses in search of a motive.

Turner is currently facing several charges including criminal attempt homicide and four counts of aggravated assault. He is currently being held at Allegheny County Jail.