Teen accused of spontaneously stabbing father moved to adult court

A West Lafayette 17-year-old accused of spontaneously stabbing his father has been waived to adult court, according to the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office.

Posted: Feb. 15, 2019 11:05 AM
Updated: Feb. 15, 2019 11:26 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A West Lafayette 17-year-old accused of spontaneously stabbing his father has been waived to adult court, according to the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office. Tippecanoe Superior Court 3 waived John Vanderwielen to adult court Thursday. The State has 48 business hours, as of Thursday, to file formal charges in adult court. 

According to court documents on Jan. 26 at his home on Sunnycroft Place, Vanderwielen entered his mother's bedroom and began punching her in the face. Vanderwielen then went downstairs where his father was sleeping in a chair and began stabbing him, according to court documents.

The mother told police she tried to calm Vanderwielen down, but couldn't stop him. That's when, according to court documents, the mother gathered other members of the family and locked themselves in a room until officers arrived. 

Court documents said Vanderwielen fought with police during his arrest. 

According to police, the teen was taken to the hospital for an alleged illegal substance he was on at the time of the incident. The father's injuries were non-life threatening. 

At the time of his arrest, the teen faced preliminary charges of attempted murder, domestic battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

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