NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - A makeshift memorial of toys and candles remains outside the Noblesville apartment where police say a 30-year-old Alabama man killed his 2-year-old son Wednesday evening.
30-year-old Micah Harrison is in the Hamilton County Jail, facing charges of murder.
Details released before Harrison's initial court appearance are disturbing and graphic, saying Harrison stabbed his son in the chest and forehead.
Police haven't yet released details on the motive of the crime.
24-Hour News 8 spoke with a relative of the 2-year-old's mother by phone Thursday evening, who said they had no comment for the media at this time.
A neighbor living near Harrison's Alabama home told 24-Hour News 8 the neighborhood is deeply saddened. She said she could see Michael's yellow truck still in Harrison's front yard, and that Micah was going through "hard times" and had some "issues."
He'd been arrested previously for assault and menacing.
Dealing With Tragedy
Documents show 2-year-old Michael Harrison's grandmother and sisters were inside the apartment when he was stabbed.
As police took Harrison into custody, neighbors watched, and children heard the whole story.
Police and first responders saw the horror inside.
Kimble Richardson is a licensed mental health counselor with St. Vincent Stress Center.
He told 24-Hour News 8, "Anytime, especially when tragedy involves a young child, it is very difficult on people. There are lots of victims in this case."
He said emergency crews, police, EMT's, all may be affected by the case.
He recommends for anyone feeling upset by the situation, to seek help.
For children he says, it may be different. They may ask adults questions, or act differently than usual.
"They don't know how this could happen, they feel extremely vulnerable," Richardson added. "Their minds aren't prepared to deal with this information like an adult would."
He recommends discussing the situation if they ask, leaving the door open for conversation.
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