• Family of 10-year-old who police say stabbed himself to death speak out

    By: Shelby Sansone

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Family of the 10-year-old who allegedly stabbed himself after his mother hit and choked him with an extension cord spoke out to FOX13.

     

    Tonya Bailey is the sister of his mother, Robin McKinzie. She tells us both McKinzie and her son, Jahiem, had mental illness issues.

     

    “My sister is sitting back there going crazy,” Bailey said. “She needs medication right now just to cope, because we don’t want to lose her.”

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    McKinzie is charged with child abuse. Police said she was whipping her son with an extension cord and choking him with it. They told us he got angry and stabbed himself in the chest, and died in the hospital.

     

    Bailey told us Jahiem had been off his medication since the summer.

     

    “We don’t feel like we need to go to the doctor, and I was explaining that to her, it’s ok to ask for help,” Bailey said. “It’s ok to get the medicine and the help you need.”

     

    She also said she supports her sister, and she was disciplining her son the only way she knew how.

     

    Police told us he did stab himself, but his death has not been ruled a suicide.

     

    “She ain’t that type of person,” Bailey said. “She love her son, and she’ll do anything for him, and he love her.”

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