Boy, 12, stabbed in neck while waiting in line at McDonald’s

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·1-min read

A 12-year-old boy has been stabbed in the neck while waiting in line at McDonald's with his family.

Police said the boy was allegedly stabbed by a man in the line behind him at the fast-food restaurant in Pittsburgh, in the US state of Pennsylvania, on Saturday afternoon.

Local TV station KDKA reports employees rushed to help the boy before he was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Deputy Public Information Officer for the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department, Cara Cruz, said the incident was "really quite tragic".

“He was with his family, he was standing in line, they had just zipped in for one quick thing,” she told KDKA.

The facade of a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburg McDonald's restaurant where the boy was allegedly stabbed. Source: Google Maps

Police have since arrested Charles Edward Turner, 51, in relation to the incident.

Ms Cruz said the child and the man were not known to each other and the boy was allegedly tackled from behind before he was injured.

People were shocked by the incident occurring in such a busy area, with university student Maggie Kishbaugh describing it as "terrifying".

"We're here all the time, people are here all the time," she told KDKA.

"It's scary, very scary, and a child ... that's terrifying."

Mugshot of Charles Edward Turner.
Charles Edward Turner was arrested over the alleged stabbing in McDonald's. Source: Pittsburgh Police

Pittsburgh Police said Turner was being held in jail and had been charged with criminal attempted homicide, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and resisting arrest.

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