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Playground stab boy, nine, dies

A nine-year-old boy has died after being stabbed repeatedly by another child at a playground in Michigan.

Police said in a statement that Michael Conner Verkerke ran to his home at about 6pm yesterday after being stabbed and collapsed on the porch.

Officers said an ambulance was called and he died after being taken to a hospital.

Witnesses told police that four children were playing when one of them, for an unknown reason, pulled a knife and stabbed the boy.

Police say the child who stabbed him was taken to a hospital for evaluation before being taken to the Kent County Juvenile Detention Centre, pending charges.

Police did not release details about the child but TV stations WOOD and WZZM reported he is a 12-year-old.

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