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Teen Boy Stabs Younger Brother and Sister at Elementary School Playground, Police Say

The teen is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and other related offenses.

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A teenage boy is accused of stabbing his younger brother and sister at an elementary school playground in Hatfield Township, Pennsylvania.

On Monday around 5:20 p.m., police responded to the back of Oak Park Elementary School at 500 Squirrel Lane after a woman reported her 9-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son had been stabbed by her 15-year-old son.

When police arrived they found the 13-year-old boy suffering from 15 stab wounds to his chest, back, face, neck and hands as well as the 9-year-old girl suffering from multiple stab wounds to her head.

Both children were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest where the boy underwent surgery. He is currently in critical but stable condition. The girl was treated and later released.

Hatfield Police recovered the knife used in the stabbing as well as surveillance video from the school. Police said the victims' 15-year-old brother was seen on video fleeing toward Oak Park Road following the attacks. The teen was later found at a nearby home and taken into custody.

The teen is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and other related offenses. He was arraigned with bail set at $500,000 and remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

NBC10 is not naming the suspect in order to protect the identities of the two victims.

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"Tragic events such as this are always upsetting," a spokesperson for the North Penn School District wrote in a released statement on the incident. "I want to assure you that the safety of the Oak Park community is our number one priority. Thank you to our local police and NPSD security who responded swiftly to this evening's events."

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