Stranger Entered Home, Killed Sleeping Boy, 6

Logan Tipton was stabbed in the head; police say Ronald Exantus confessed
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2015 7:33 AM CST

(Newser) – "Mind-boggling," is how police Lt. Michael Fortney describes what happened before dawn in Versailles, Ky., on Monday: An intruder entered a family's home, wandered about, then stabbed a sleeping kindergartner in the head a number of times "with a large kitchen knife that he obtained in the house," per court documents. Those documents go on to state that Logan Tipton's 11-year-old sister woke up, saw the intruder, and tried to go after him. The children's father fought and ultimately held the man until police arrived; some of Logan's siblings suffered minor cuts. The intruder has been identified as Ronald Exantus, 32, and police say he confessed to the crime. More mind-boggling still: Exantus lives some 200 miles away, in Indianapolis, and has no known connection to either the town or the family, reports the AP.

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The Lexington-Herald Leader reports that the home's front door had been left unlocked and there was no sign of forced entry. Exantus is being held on $1 million bond on charges of murder and first-degree burglary following a Monday hearing, after which his public defender told reporters, "I feel certain he is mentally ill." She had previously told a judge that he was incoherent, reports WTHR, which identifies Exantus as a dialysis nurse who lived with his girlfriend and her three kids. Last night, a crowd that numbered into the hundreds met at the Woodford County High School football field for a memorial, and joined in singing "Silent Night." "My son was terrified of the dark," says mom Heather Tipton, who often sang that song to 6-year-old Logan, who would then "go right to sleep." Exantus will next be in court on Monday. A GoFundMe campaign has been started to, among other things, cover "moving expenses as Logan's young brother and sisters do not want to go back into the home." (Another senseless killing just days before: A man hugged a 7-year-old at soccer practice, then killed her.)

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