An 11-year-old boy is dead after police say he was stabbed by another boy Saturday in northern Bradford County.
The incident took place between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Randall Road in Ridgebury Township, a few miles south of the New York state line, according to Pennsylvania State Police at Towanda.
The victim was involved in a scuffle over a toy with a 9-year-old boy when he suffered a fatal stab wound to the chest, state police said.
The two were reportedly playing with Nerf toys when a tug-of-war ensued over a Nerf gun. During the struggle, the younger boy, who was holding a knife, allegedly cut the victim in the left upper chest.
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The older boy was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where he was pronounced dead after life-saving efforts failed.
State police have classified the death as a homicide. No charges have been filed, and the investigation is continuing.
The victim was a student at SRU (Smithfield-Ridgebury-Ulster) Elementary School in East Smithfield, according to a message on the Athens Area School District website, which also indicated counselors would be available for students and staff members throughout the week.
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