Doctors say 12-year-old boy suffered spinal injury during stabbing

Doctors at the Aglaia Kyriakou Children’s Hospital in Athens who operated late on Wednesday on a 12-year-old boy airlifted from Crete after he was brutally attacked by a hotel entertainer, said that the boy suffered spinal injuries that may affect his motor skills.

Doctors confirmed that the boy’s life is no longer at risk, but expressed concern that the multiple stabbings may have affect his health in the long term.

The 12-year-old Russian boy was on vacation at a five-star resort in Hersonissos, Crete, with his mother when he became aware that a 20-year-old Dutch man working as an entertainer at the hotel had stolen his cell phone and laptop. The boy confronted the hotel employee, who confessed to authorities that he lured him to the facility’s parking lot and attacked him. The Dutch national told authorities that he stabbed the boy repeatedly and believing him dead had hidden him behind some bushes near the parking lot.

The boy was found several hours later after his mother reported him missing. A medical examiner confirmed that he had been stabbed 20 times.

On Thursday, an Athens prosecutor levied charges of attempted murder with intent against the Dutch national, who told investigators he stabbed the boy because he was afraid that his theft would come to light.