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Texas Man Stabbed 9-Year-Old Son To Death Before Turning Knife On Himself

McKinney, TX – A Texas man is facing a capital murder charge in connection with the fatal stabbing death of his nine-year-old son.

The horrific attack occurred on Jan. 6 at a home located in the 700-block of Anson Court, the McKinney Police Department (MPD) said in a video briefing later that night.

Officers responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a person who reported that her neighbor had found her nine-year-old son “unconscious and bleeding” inside her residence, according to investigators.

Police said they forced entry into the home, where they found the woman’s husband, later identified as 39-year-old Subramanian Ponnazhakan, “in the act of inflicting self-harm with a knife.”

Investigators found the boy’s body in the garage.

They said he had been stabbed multiple times.

“Tragically, he was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the MPD said.

Investigators determined the boy was stabbed to death by his father, according to KDFW.

They said Ponnazhakan turned the knife on himself after killing his son.

The suspect remained hospitalized for treatment of his self-inflicted wounds, KDFW reported.

Ponnazhakan was arraigned on the capital murder warrant on Jan. 8 and his bond was set at $1 million.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McKinney family who experienced a tragic death of a nine-year-old boy today,” the MPD said.

“There is no ongoing threat to the public, as we believe this incident was domestic in nature,” the department added. “As our investigation continues to unfold in the coming days and weeks, we’ll be sure to update with more information.”

A motive for the brutal attack has not been released.

The MPD said they have not responded to any 911 calls at the family’s home in the past, WFAA reported.

Police said the family also does not have any history of involvement with Child Protective Services.

“We continue to keep the child’s mother and their entire family in our thoughts and prayers during this unspeakably difficult time,” the MPD tweeted on Sunday.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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