Crime

Boy who was stabbed with pitchfork in Garden City remains hospitalized

A Treasure Valley teenager was charged with a felony Saturday afternoon after he stabbed another boy with a pitchfork during an argument while doing community service outside a Garden City church.

The victim remained hospitalized Tuesday, said Garden City Police Sgt. Leon Dennis.

“We expect he’ll be hospitalized for some time,” Dennis said.

The boy was stabbed in the neck and chest area, and the pitchfork was surgically removed at a local hospital. Three of five tines of the tool were stuck in the boy’s body, a police spokesman told the Statesman Saturday.

Police are not releasing the names or ages of either of the boys, who are both under 18, but they did say the assailant is younger than the victim.

The incident happened at about 1 p.m. Saturday at Vineyard Boise, 4950 N. Bradley St.

Dennis said the boys were doing court-ordered community service with a group and not connected to the church. The boy accused in the stabbing was booked into the juvenile detention center on a charge of felony aggravated battery.

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