DayCare Attack In Begium

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    Jan 23, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    Mental Illness aside. I still can wrap my brain around such brutality against innocent children. God Bless the three that loss their lives the two babies and the daycare worker and may the survivors have a speedy recovery .icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

    DENDERMONDE, Belgium – A man went on a rampage at a Belgian day care center Friday, stabbing two young children and a female worker to death and slashing 12 others all over their bodies, officials said.

    Sobbing parents rushed to the scene and to hospitals, and medical workers sprung into action, performing emergency operations to save the 10 children and two adults who were badly wounded.

    The attack caused widespread panic in the town 20 miles (30 kilometers) northwest of Brussels. The day care center serves up to 30 children on a residential street.

    "An act of great brutality has happened here against our weakest citizens," said mayor Buyse Piet. "The whole city is united in support for the parents who are in deep grief."

    Prosecutor Christian Du Four said the man rode his bike to the Fabeltjesland day care center, entered about 10 a.m. and immediately began slashing a knife around. The dead included two children — ranging in age up to 3 — and a woman working in the center.

    Du Four said in the mayhem that ensued the attacker simply walked out and got back on his bicycle before being arrested in a nearby supermarket shortly afterward.

    Dr. Ignace Demeyer, director of the local hospital, said 10 children arrived at his hospital with very serious stab wounds, all required surgery, and all were now in stable condition.

    "This was a particularly violent attack. All the kids had multiple stab wounds on their legs, arms and all over their bodies," he said.

    He said two adults also required surgery and also were in stable condition.

    Demeyer said 21 children were at the center at the time of the attack, and nine were unharmed.

    Du Four did not immediately identify the suspect, who was injured as police detained him and taken to a nearby hospital. Local residents told The Associated Press the suspect had a history of mental illness.

    Du Four said police had to show distraught parents digital photographs of those taken to the hospital, asking them to identify their children.

    "People are totally in shock," said Leene Du Bois, a spokeswoman for the regional government of Flanders. "Nobody would have imagined anyone could do so much harm. There is much grief."

    She said the perpetrator had no connection to the day care center.

    The city opened up a nearby community center to provide psychological counseling to family members and witnesses of the stabbings, and police cordoned off the area.

    Veerle Heeren, the social welfare minister for the regional Flemish government, said she would be investigating security measures at the center.

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    Jan 23, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    I just read that on the news...
    It's so sad and sick to hear about such barbarian's act!
    I couldn't imagine the pain I would feel if one of those children were mine!
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    Jan 23, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    First time I read this. I was really really worried. I have a sister in Belgium and a niece. They're safe (they're in Brussels), but this is still sick beyond words.
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    Jan 23, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    That's great to hear Sedative!
  • SpartanJock

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    Jan 23, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    That is good news Sedative

    I can't imagine anyone...

    This is just...

    My heart breaks. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 23, 2009 10:22 PM GMT
    great news!!!!
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    Jan 23, 2009 10:33 PM GMT
    blurrr saidgreat news!!!!

    Mental, this one is.. icon_evil.gif

    I heard about this on the news this morning.
    Makes you wonder what goes on in the mind of the people like this man.

    "They're laughing at me cause I was picking my nose! I'll show them.."
    Regardless, he needs to try on a white jacket. It would suit him well.
  • Mman19

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    Jan 23, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    It's truly one of the most shocking stories of the year.

    I'm also from Belgium and I live just a 20 minute drive away from where this happened. I've actually seen that daycare center in real life.

    How somebody can be so mentally deranged is beyond me...

    And the most disturbing thing is that he was trying to resemble 'The Joker' from the Batman films. It was said on the news that after a 8 hour examination he was still laughing at the police and answering with the most useless replies.

    Same age as me... sick.