Man Arrested After Allegedly Fatally Stabbing Girlfriend’s 8-Year-Old Son

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By NTD Newsroom
July 9, 2019US News
Man Arrested After Allegedly Fatally Stabbing Girlfriend’s 8-Year-Old Son
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A Pennsylvania man who is currently on parole for a previous homicide has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son to death on July 8—months after being released from prison.

Keith Burley, 43, assaulted the child’s mother then drove away in her vehicle with her two children inside, a 7-year-old and an 8-year-old, before fatally stabbing the eldest child Mark Edward Mason, according to a police statement.

Burley, of Edinburg, was arrested in downtown Youngston, Ohio, after a 10-hour manhunt, reported KDKA.

During the domestic dispute, which took place in a car, Burley’s 36-year-old girlfriend pulled over at a fire department to get help, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WPXI. When she got out of the vehicle, Burley drove to their home with her two children inside, where he then killed the boy.

Two other children, a 15-year-old and an 8-year-old, were at the home and witnessed the stabbing, the new outlet reported. They ran away to get help and Burley then fled.

The 7-year-old who was inside the vehicle was not harmed, police said.

The dispute was allegedly over cellphones, reported KDKA, citing authorities. “It got physical and it went from words to physical abuse,” Trp Jim Long told the CBS affiliate.

Burley faces numerous charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, kidnapping, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, and unlawful restraint.

Criminal History

Burley served 20 years in person for murder before being released on parole in March, WPXI reported.

While in prison, he was also charged with aggravated assault and assault by a prisoner, the news outlet reported.

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