Grandfather charged for allegedly stabbing 12-year-old grandson in argument over donut

Police: Raytown boy stabbed by family member
Posted at 10:16 AM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 22:17:18-04

RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Prosecutors charged a man in connection with the stabbing of his 12-year-old grandson. 

Jose D. Ortega, 67, faces first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action charges.

A woman said she called 911 Tuesday morning when a boy on her block came outside his Raytown home screaming and bleeding, claiming his grandfather had stabbed him.

According to her, the boy was "hysterical."

The woman said the boy told her he was joking with his grandfather one minute, then he stabbed him.

Emergency responders called to the 7900 block of Hunter took the boy to the hospital with serious injuries.

One neighbor felt compelled to ride in the ambulance as paramedics took the child to the hospital.

“Kids bring me that joy and that light,” Courtney Payne explained. “When he was hurt and scared, maternal instincts kicked in and I was like, ‘C'mon, I got you safe, you're secure, you're in a good spot.’”

Raytown police confirmed there was a family member involved, but said that person had left the scene before they arrived just after 7:15 a.m.

Ortega later returned to the house and was taken into custody.

Ortega apparently told police he stabbed the boy after an argument over a donut, saying he "snapped" and knew it was wrong.

Police found a knife with a 10-inch-long blade with blood on it near the driveway of the victim's home.

Ortega is said to have expressed remorse for his actions.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $50,000.