UK boy found stabbed, crying in street
4-year-old was allegedly attacked while playing with neighbor's kittens
By Louie Smith
ULSTER, U.K. — A boy of four was in a serious condition in hospital last night after he was found stabbed in the street.
Dad David Blythe, 44, had left four-year-old Toby playing with kittens at a neighbour's while he popped out to buy them lunch.
Minutes later residents spotted the lad soaked in blood and sobbing loudly.
Toby had been slashed in the head, neck and twice in his stomach.
He was taken to hospital where his family was last night holding a round-the-clock vigil. Police have arrested a 51-year-old man.
David said: "I'd only been gone 10 minutes. As I was walking home police cars and an ambulance came rushing down the street.
"A neighbour came up to me and told me something had happened to Toby.
"There was a wheel-sized pool of blood on the ground and my son's welly.
"Doctors say my boy's going to be OK. He's got loads of stitches on the top of his head and down his neck to his shoulder. He's also got wounds on either side near his waist.
"I've no idea why Toby was attacked. I've lived here for only seven weeks. I'm living a nightmare. I love my boy so much."
David had been looking after Toby for a week and was due to return him to mum Jasmine shortly before the stabbing at 1.30pm in Mansfield, Notts, on Easter Monday.
Neighbours alerted police after they spotted the injured boy in the street.
Paramedics treated the lad at the scene then took him to Queen's Medical Centre. His condition was last night serious but stable.
Detectives were yesterday waiting to question a man, named locally as Steven Frogg, on suspicion of assault.
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