What a terrible tragedy. A pregnant mother tried to fend of an attacker who brutally murdered her 4-year-old son in a home invasion.
This is the most awful news we have heard in a long time. A 4-year-old boy, Dakota Lane, died on Tuesday night (Nov. 9), after he was stabbed 36 times with a pair of scissors by an intruder in his Muskogee, OK, home. Dakota and his 6-year old brother were sleeping when the intruder came in and brutally attacked him. His mother, Stephanie Lane, who is 8 months pregnant, tried to fend off the attacker, but was unable to do so. Her 6-year-old was unharmed and she ended up with minor injuries while her innocent son was pronounced dead at a hospital in Tulsa. “In my entire career, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Muskogee police corporal Pedro Zardeneta told Kansas City’s KMBC. “It’s sad.”
Stephanie says she did not know the attacker, but was able to give police a very detailed description. They arrested Aaron Laconsello, 18, on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon after he was found on the campus of Bacone College, approximately three miles from the crime scene. He had apparently been living in a house on the Lanes’ street for the past few weeks with his cousin, Colt Hooper, 19, after he was kicked out of his home in nearby Tahlequah. The accused teen had no known connection to Dakota and his family, and there appears to be no reason for the senseless attack.
“In a criminal action, you usually have some answers,” said Muskogee County district attorney Larry Moore. “It may not be something that someone likes, but you usually have some answers. We don’t have any answers to that. It’s a horrible, horrible tragic incident.”
The Muskogee community has embraced the Lane family and is raising money in support of the family. Bank accounts were opened for the family at First National Bank and BancFirst, both accepting donations to the Dakota Lane Benefit accounts. “When your grandson is brutally murdered, and the people come to help you out, it really influences your thoughts of the community itself,” said Dakota’s grandfather Jack Bumgarner. “I’m glad I live here.” He added that Stephanie and her family are probably going to move to a new home. “I’m pretty certain my daughter does not want to go back,” he said. “Wherever they go, it will have a security system, I guarantee you.” Our hearts go out to the Lane family.