A burglar allegedly broke into a Kentucky home early Monday and went upstairs to a six-year-old boy’s bedroom room, where he fatally stabbed the sleeping child multiple times, according to reports.
Ronald Exantus, 32, of Indianapolis, was charged with murder and burglary after he allegedly broke into little Logan Tipton’s home and took a large knife that he found in the kitchen, WKYT reported. He then allegedly took the knife upstairs to the child's room.
As four other children slept in the bedroom, Exantus– who the family said was a complete stranger– allegedly stabbed Logan multiple times in the head, the television station wrote.
Logan’s 11-year-old sister saw the man in their bedroom and began screaming for their father, bravely throwing herself toward her bloodied brother to try to save him from the intruder, according to WKYT.
Tipton’s father reportedly rushed into the room and managed to detain Exantus until police arrived and took him into custody about 3:50 a.m., LEX 18 reported.
Exantus allegedly confessed to stabbing the boy, but a motive for the killing was not clear. He appeared in court, where a judge set bond at $1 million.
He was also charged with three counts of assault for cutting Logan’s two sisters and fighting Logan’s father. He was removed to Woodford County Detention Center.
Information for Exantus’ attorney was not immediately clear.
His preliminary hearing was set for December 14.
Logan’s grieving family was unable to return to the home, as his four siblings could not set foot back in the house where their brother died, according to a GoFundMe page created to offset funeral and relocation costs.
“Logan's young brother and sisters do not want to go back into the home,” the page said. “This was a completely random act of violence as this man had no connection to this family.”
More than $14,000 had been raised in under seven hours since its creation on Monday.
Officials said Logan attended Simmons Elementary School, where grief counselors would be on hand.