Yesterday  Was A Bad Day For At Risk Children In Minneapolis; 11 year old boy stabs his dad after repeated beatings & abuse;

Vigil planned for slain 3 year old;

Terrell has a fund set up at M & I Bank:  Re-post from Don Samuels: A special fund has been established at M&I bank for the family of Terrell Mayes. Call (612) 904-8000 and mention the Terrell Mayes Fund.


St. Paul police: 11-year-old boy stabs father, claims his dad beat him

Updated: 12/29/2011 12:03:42 PM CST
St. Paul police are investigating after an 11-year-old boy stabbed his father once in the chest at a residence in the 2100 block of Londin Lane on Wednesday morning, according to an incident report.

The father was eventually taken to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the report said.

The boy, who had bruises and scratches to his face, head and throat, told police that his father had beaten him and repeatedly abused him, the report said.

He was taken to Children’s Hospital and “placed,” the report said. It’s unclear where he was placed.

No other children appeared to be present at the time of the incident, said Howie Padilla, a St. Paul police spokesman.

There hadn’t been recent calls for service to the residence, he said.

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Vigil planned for slain 3-year-old Minneapolis boy

  • Updated: December 29, 2011 – 10:17 PM

A fund has been established in the name of Terrell Mayes Jr. at branches of M & I Bank. Police continued to investigate the shooting.


Clergy from as far away as St. Cloud gathered Thursday at the home of 3-year-old Terrell Mayes. Pastors Harding Smith of Brooklyn Center, left, and Prince Williams of Brooklyn Park prayed with a cluster of men, including Jessie Riley of Fridley.

Photo: Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

As Minneapolis police continued to investigate the death of 3-year-old Terrell Mayes Jr. from a stray bullet, a vigil was planned near his home in north Minneapolis.

The gathering for Terrell, who died hours after the bullet came through the wall of his home on Monday evening, is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the corner of 26th and Colfax Avenues N., according to V.J. Smith, president of a Minneapolis MAD DADS, an anti-violence organization.

Those who wish to contribute to a fund for Terrell’s mother, Marsha Mayes, and her three surviving sons, can go to any M&I Bank branch to give to the “Minneapolis MAD DADS for the benefit of Terrell Mayes, Jr.”

The case has generated widespread alarm about gunfire in Minneapolis, which occurs almost daily but often doesn’t get reported in the news unless someone is seriously injured. Typical was the report that came in Wednesday evening, a day after Terrell died, in which police were called to Children’s Hospital at 2500 Chicago Av. S. after someone shot at the hospital’s skyway.

Police recovered six bullet casings and a bullet, and photographed the damage. No one was struck.

In Terrell’s case, the bullet was fired from around the corner and half a block away.

The city’s ShotSpotter gunfire detection system has recorded 862 gunshots this year, according to Minneapolis police. Officers have found evidence of gunshots 278 times, but police say the incidents of shots fired are likely higher.