3-year-old girl dies after Idaho birthday party stabbing rampage

July 2 (Reuters) - A 3-year-old girl who was among nine people stabbed by a man who went on a rampage at the toddler's birthday party on Saturday evening in Boise, Idaho, has died of her injuries, authorities said on Monday.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that she has passed away today,” Boise police said in a statement about the girl, who had been flown to Utah for medical treatment.

The child's name was not released.

The toddler was one of six children stabbed in the attack, which took place at an apartment complex that is home to many refugees. The victims included people from Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia.

8 PHOTOS
Stabbing rampage at birthday party in Idaho
See Gallery
Stabbing rampage at birthday party in Idaho
Refugees living in apartments near the corner of State and Wyle streets in Boise, Idaho were reported to be among the nine stabbing victims on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Many families in the area were awaiting information as Boise police investigated the crime scene. The call to police was made at 8:46 p.m. All nine victims were transported to the hospital and police apprehended a suspect at gunpoint soon after the incident. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS via Getty Images)
Timmy Kinner, 30, suspect in the stabbing in an apartment complex on Saturday night is seen in this Ada County Sheriff's Office booking photo in Boise, Idaho, U.S. on July 1, 2018. Courtesy Ada County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Timmy Kinner, 30, appears before 4th District Magistrate Judge Russell Comstock with a public defender Tuesday, July 2, 2108 at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho. Kinner was arrested Saturday night after allegedly stabbing nine people at a 3-year-old girl's birthday party with her refugee family. One victim was reported to have died from injuries. Six of the victims were children. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS via Getty Images)
Boise Police Chief Bill Bones, at a news conference Saturday night, provides information about a multiple stabbing crime at the Wyle Street Station Apartments off State Street in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, June 30, 2018. A call to police was made at 8:46 p.m. All nine victims were transported to the hospital and police apprehended a suspect soon after the incident. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS via Getty Images)
Timmy Kinner, 30, appears before 4th District Magistrate Judge Russell Comstock with a public defender Tuesday, July 2, 2108 at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho. Kinner was arrested Saturday night after allegedly stabbing nine people at a 3-year-old girl's birthday party with her refugee family. One victim was reported to have died from injuries. Six of the victims were children. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS via Getty Images)
Imam Asaad Alassadi offers a prayer during a service Sunday evening at the Imam Hussain Islamic Center. He called Boise 'very welcoming' for refugees and said Saturday night's attack doesn't change that. 'We are going to keep building this city because we are part of this city.' (John Sowell/Idaho Statesman/TNS via Getty Images)
Timmy Kinner, 30, appears before 4th District Magistrate Judge Russell Comstock with a public defender Tuesday, July 2, 2108 at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho. Kinner was arrested Saturday night after allegedly stabbing nine people at a 3-year-old girl's birthday party with her refugee family. One victim was reported to have died from injuries. Six of the victims were children. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS via Getty Images)
Boise police investigate at a crime scene near the corner of State and Wyle streets in Boise, Idaho just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018. During a news conference, Police Chief Bill Bones reported nine stabbing victims of diverse ages were reported at the scene. The call to police was made at 8:46 p.m. He said all nine victims were transported to the hospital and police apprehended a suspect at gunpoint soon after the incident. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

The 30-year-old man arrested in the attack, Timmy Kinner, is being held without bail at the Ada County jail in Boise. Police said the charges against Kinner would be amended to reflect the toddler's death. Police provided no details of what new charges Kinner would face.

Kinner, who is from Los Angeles, currently faces six charges of injury to a child and nine charges of aggravated battery. The nine victims included three adults who were wounded when they tried to stop the assault, police said. The children injured ranged in age from 3 to 12.

Of the other eight victims, seven remain hospitalized, many with serious or critical injuries. One child was treated and released, police said.

According to a preliminary investigation, Kinner met a woman living at the apartments and stayed with her for a few days within the last week. The woman and her neighbors became concerned about Kinner’s behavior and asked him to leave on Friday, which he did without incident, authorities said.

(Timmy Kinner via Ada County Sheriff's Office/Reuters)

Kinner returned to the apartments Saturday and began stabbing children at an outdoor party celebrating the 3-year-old’s birthday in an act that Boise Police Chief William Bones termed “pure evil.”

The stabbing spree has shaken the refugee community in Idaho’s capital city and led its mayor, Dave Bieter, to issue a statement on Monday that again condemned the violence.

“The thought of a happy occasion like a child’s birthday party being turned into the darkest of sorrows in such a vicious way is almost unfathomable,” he said.

The tenant with whom Kinner stayed was not harmed and was not at the residence at the time of the Saturday attack, according to authorities.

A candlelight vigil was slated for Monday at 6 p.m. on the steps of city hall in downtown Boise.

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman; editing by Bill Tarrant and Leslie Adler)

Read Full Story