Boy charged in stabbing

A 17-year-old Hastings boy was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stabbing his father in the back during an argument.

The boy's 42-year-old father was treated and released at Mary Lanning Healthcare.

The boy has been charged as an adult with second-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. He is being held at the Adams County Jail on a $50,000 bond with 10 percent needed for his release.

His name is being withheld due to the possibility of the case being transferred to juvenile court.

On Wednesday afternoon, the boy had the public defender appointed to represent him. His next hearing will be Feb. 7 to determine a date for a preliminary hearing.
An argument started when the boy's father found him on the phone around midnight and took the phone away. The argument turned physical and the father allegedly put the boy into a headlock and the boy pulled out a knife and allegedly stabbed his father.

Afterward, the boy went to a neighbor's house to call police.
The boy told police that he used the knife because his father had him in a headlock, but the boy's father reported he had let the boy go before he was cut.
Using a deadly weapon to commit a felony is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Second-degree assault is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

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