The child underwent two operations since the attack on Wednesday afternoon while he was playing soccer with his friends on a field opposite his home.

His traumatised mother, Genevieve Whitaker, 43, says she has no idea why the suspect, identified by authorities as Moain Salie, 31, targeted her son Ronan.

“He is in recovery now. He was stabbed 33 times while playing soccer with his friends when the altercation happened. He has had two surgeries to repair damage to the left side of his head, shoulder and his hands,” Genevieve says emotionally.

The boy reportedly sustained nine stab wounds on one hand and seven on the other as he tried to protect himself.

Doctors have told the family that their main concern is that the tendons in the child’s hands have to be reconnected.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, confirmed the incident and says a 31-year-old man was arrested for the incident.


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