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Topsail stabbing victim remains in serious but stable condition

09/27/2014 10:14 EDT | Updated 11/27/2014 05:59 EST
The young boy who was hospitalized after being stabbed in the neck at a Newfoundland soccer camp earlier this week remains in serious but stable condition in hospital.

The boy, believed to be 11, was stabbed during a skills camp involving several dozen young players at a pitch in the Topsail neighbourhood of Conception Bay South, a suburban town just west of St. John's.

According to sources close to the family, the boy remained sedated in serious but stable condition in a St. John's hospital on Saturday morning.

Witnesses said a teenager ran out onto the field shortly before 8 p.m. AT and stabbed the boy in the neck, leaving parents, coaches and other players reeling in shock.

Nicholas Layman, 19, was charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon at a Friday court appearance.

Charges of attempted murder were added later that day.

Layman is set to appear in provincial court on Oct. 3 following a seven-day psychiatric assessment at the Waterford Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in the west end of St. John's.

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