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Police officer stabbed by 8-year-old, assaulted by boy's mother

Staff Report • Nov 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM

A school resource officer is recovering after he was stabbed in the leg by an 8-year-old boy and assaulted by the boy’s mother Tuesday, police said.

Metro police said students and staff at Dupont-Hadley Middle School told Officer Randy Fowler that the boy was kicking a dog in the street just off school property.

The boy ran away when he saw Fowler approaching despite the officer’s commands for him to stop, police said. Fowler caught up to the boy outside his home, arrested and handcuffed him. Police said Fowler tried to explain what happened to the boy’s mother, Rachel Swafford, 31, but Swafford grabbed her son, pushed the boy inside and began fighting with Fowler, telling the officer that her son wasn’t going to be arrested.

Read the full report on the Tennessean's Web site.

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