Police: Mother charged with child abuse after 10-year-old stabs himself to death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A tragic weekend police call ended with a Memphis mother charged with child abuse and a 10-year-old boy dead.

PHOTOS: 10-year-old stabbed to death identified

Robin McKinzie is charged with aggravated child abuse and endangerment. Police were called to an apartment in the 2800 block of Shady Vista on Saturday afternoon.

10-year-old Jaheim McKinzie was found bleeding from the upper torso. He was unresponsive when emergency crews arrived. The child was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead an hour later.

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Several local pastors went to Jaheim’s school, Denver Elementary Monday morning.

"I haven't had to do something that difficult in a long time,” Pastor Deandre Brown said.

Police said the mother admitted to whipping Jaheim and choking him.

"The fact they were just with this young man Saturday and to hear how he died was very traumatizing for them,” Pastor Charlie Caswell said.

People who saw the child Saturday told FOX13 the boy was seen throwing rocks at the window of a vacant apartment unit Saturday afternoon.

Neighbors said they last saw Jaheim going inside after being called by his mother.

Ten minutes after him going inside, people said Robin McKinzie ran out of her unit screaming for help.

Police said McKinzie told first responders she was whipping her son with an extension cord and choking him as a form of discipline when he got angry. She said he ran into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and stabbed himself in the chest.

Police said McKinzie’s charges could change pending the medical examiner's investigation.

Robin McKinzie will face a judge again Tuesday morning.

At this time, no bond has been set.