‘Larger-Than-Normal’ 6-Year-Old Md. Boy Pepper-Sprayed By Police

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A “larger than normal” 6-year-old Maryland boy was pepper-sprayed by police officers after he allegedly stabbed his grandmother and tried to several other people, authorities say.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Orchard Ridge Road in Hancock just after 8:30 a.m. Monday for the report of a boy who was “out of control,” according to a sheriff’s office press release. The boy already had stabbed his grandmother and was attempting to stab her again, as well as his mother, according to the release.

When law enforcement personnel entered the home, the “larger than normal” 6-year-old boy — who is described as weighing about 100 pounds — charged at the deputies with a “large butcher type knife” in each hand, waving and slashing the knives in an attempt to stab the deputies.

One of the deputies fired a blast of pepper spray at the boy, which caused him to drop the knives and fall to the ground. The boy was taken into custody without any further incident.

He was not injured by the pepper spray, but he was taken to Mertitus Medical Center for a mental evaluation. No deputies were injured in the incident.

Authorities say no charges have been filed at this time due to the boy’s young age.

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