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'Watch This,' Man Tells Family Before Allegedly Slashing Throat Of Young Boy Playing Video Games

Sammy Sadler, Jr. is accused of a vicious assault on his 10-year-old relative, who survived the attack and has been hospitalized.

By Gina Tron

A Tennessee man is accused of attacking his young relative over the weekend, slashing his throat as he played video games.

A 10-year old boy was merely trying to enjoy his Sunday evening, gaming inside his rural Lewis County home when he was attacked in a brutal fashion, allegedly by a family member. Sammy Sadler, Jr., 29, entered the boy's home and approached him while telling others in the room to “watch this,” a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office representative told Oxygen.com. 

Then, he allegedly took a knife and slit the boy’s throat in front of relatives. The sheriff's department confirmed Tuesday that Sadler is himself related to the victim.

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Family members later told Tennessee River Valley News that the child’s grandfather and aunt responded to the violence by holding Sadler at gunpoint until the authorities arrived. He allegedly threatened others during the chaotic ordeal. When Lewis County deputies arrived on scene, Sadler allegedly refused to drop the knife and a deputy tased him.

Meanwhile, the child was taken into town to meet an ambulance at a local grocery store, according to the news outlet. He was brought to a local hospital where he was then transported to another for treatment of his injuries. 

The young victim is expected to survive and is reportedly now in stable condition. 

Sadler has been charged with attempt to commit criminal homicide, three counts of aggravated assault, child abuse and resisting arrest, the Lewish County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Oxygen.com. His bond was set at $1.51 million. 

It’s not clear if Sadler has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf. He allegedly admitted to attacking the child.

He’s due back in court on June 4.