A Greene County social worker says help is available for families struggling with similar situations. While very little information is available about how authorities are handling the case, officials with Greene County Social Services say help is available.
"it really becomes a question of what makes good service planning. And for us, good service planning begins with the family. You really want to get the family around the table and find out what their goals are for their child," said Social Services Director James Howard.
Howard says everyone needs to come to the table to discuss options in cases like this. Support is always available through community resources like churches, schools, social services, the court and non-profits.
January 16, 2012
Authorities say the case of a 5-year-old Greene County boy stabbing three people with an "edged weapon" is now being treated as a domestic dispute.
Deputies were called to a mobile home park on Shady Grove Road in Ruckersville around 3:25 p.m. Monday for a reported stabbing. Neighbors say it stemmed from an argument over a juice box, but authorities have not confirmed that detail.
"I would see him riding his bike and everything. He seems like a happy-go-lucky little dude. No problems. He was a good dude," said neighbor Nikoma Collins.
Sheriff Smith says the victims, two juveniles and one adult, were all taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Their names have not been released, and an update on their conditions has not been provided.
Commenting on the incident, Sheriff Smith said, "I've heard of juveniles throwing temper tantrums, but I've never heard of anything like this before." At least one victim is related to the child, but Smith would not reveal the nature of that relationship.
The sheriff says the boy is in police custody for evaluation. Because of his status as a juvenile, the child's name will not be released.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office has not indicated whether charges will be filed against the child.