Ohio Haunted House Actor Charged After Allegedly Stabbing Boy in the Foot

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Christopher Pogozelski, 22, has been charged with negligent assault but says the stabbing was an accident, according to a report.

An Ohio haunted house actor is being charged after police say he stabbed an 11-year-old boy in the foot with a knife.

Christopher Pogozelski, 22, who was working at the 7 Floors of Hell haunted house at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, was attempting to scare the boy, who thought the knife was a prop, according to a police report.The boy's mom, Karen Bednarski, told the The Washington Post that her son told the man he wasn’t afraid of his knife because it was “fake.”

“So the man was like, 'Oh, it's real. Trust me, it's real.' And that's when he started poking it at his feet multiple times until he stabbed him,” she told the paper.

He reportedly suffered a cut to his toe, and now Pogozelsk is charged with negligent assault. Pogozelsk told police that it was an “accident” and admitted using the knife, which he brought from home, was not a good idea, The Post reported.

Rodney Geffert, the president of Night Scream Entertainment, which owns the attraction, told The Post that Pogozelski apologized multiple times after the alleged incident.

Actors at the haunted house are instructed not to touch the patrons and to use fake props only.

It's unclear if Pogozelski has entered a plea.

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