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An 10-year-old boy in Indiana is dead after his father stabbed him during an argument with the child's mother, authorities said.
Kayden Sendelbach died on Saturday morning after being stabbed, allegedly by 32-year-old William Sendelbach, days earlier, the Indiana State Police said in a press release issued Monday. Officers were called to the family's home in Wabash on Oct. 8 in response to reports of a "family disturbance," authorities said. Upon their arrival, William Sendelbach, Kayden's father, allegedly began firing at them with a shotgun and a firefight ensued, during which Sendelbach and a Wabash Police Department sergeant were both injured.
Following an investigation, authorities concluded that Sendelbach had shot at an occupied garbage truck prior to their arrival, but no one was injured. Sendelbach is also alleged to have stabbed his son during the "family disturbance," which WPTA21 reports began as an argument between William Sendelbach and his wife, Kayden's mother.
During the incident, Kayden Sendelbach, along with his mother and siblings, were forced to seek refuge at a neighbor's house, WANE reports. A 3-year-old boy at that home was able to shut the door before William Sendelbach could also get in, an act which likely saved the family from further harm.
William Sendelbach and the police sergeant struck during the altercation are expected to survive their injuries, according to police. An autopsy for Kayden is pending, but in the meantime, authorities have launched a murder investigation, according to Monday's release. They have yet to announce what charges William Sendelbach will face.
More than 100 people gathered on Sunday for a candlelight vigil held in Kayden's honor, according to WPTA21.
“It’s a tragic situation,” Indiana State Police public information officer Sgt. Tony Slocum told WANE. “It kind of boggles your mind why someone would allegedly stab a 10-year-old and then would want to shoot at police officers.”
Police have described the investigation into Kayden's death as ongoing. Once their investigation is complete, they plan to submit their findings to the Wabash County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
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